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Special Budget Edition: North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

In the early morning hours of September 30, 2015, the House and Senate gave final sign off on the Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 721, Adjournment Resolution. The resolution ended the “long” session, which began in January of...more

EPA Issues New Rule to Protect Farmworkers from Pesticide Risks

Against a backdrop of higher-profile rules, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a new Worker Protection Standard (WPS) on September 28 that imposes additional requirements on farm owners to protect farmworkers...more

CFTC Updates Position Limits Rule

On September 22, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) unanimously approved the publication of a “supplemental” proposed rule on position limits. The supplemental proposal would modify the...more

NC Legislative Update for September 2015 #3

This Week - After passing the State’s biennial budget into law last week, the legislature turned its focus towards adjournment. The Senate unveiled an adjournment resolution which would adjourn the session on Tuesday,...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

With the budget finalized and signed by the Governor last Friday, the General Assembly has turned its attention to adjournment. On Wednesday, the Senate Rules Chairman, Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson) introduced Senate Joint...more

Long-awaited overhaul of FDA food safety rules arrives – Part I: Introducing HARPC, changes to cGMP

Since the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2011, the FDA has promulgated proposed rules that overhaul the old Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) rule and create new Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventative...more

Did You Grown Corn in the Past Two Years? You’re Part of a Lawsuit

Corn farmers across the county have collectively filed more than 20,000 lawsuits against Syngenta. In 2010, Syngenta released GMO seed before it was approved by some export markets, most notably China. That GMO corn later...more

FDA Releases Two Final Food Safety Rules: What You Need to Know

Progress on Final Rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) took a significant step forward last week when FDA released its first two, comprising the final rules on Current Good Manufacturing Practice and...more

Finally Coming to Fruition: FDA’s Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Food

Twenty-five years after Congress first tried to ensure that garbage trucks aren’t also used to haul fresh produce, a federal regulation establishing sanitation standards for the transportation of human and animal food by...more

FCA Publishes New Market Watch Focusing on Commodities Traders and Market Abuse

On September 3, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published issue 49 of Market Watch, its newsletter on market conduct and transaction reporting issues. In it, the FCA sets out its findings following a thematic review it...more

Mandatory GMO Labeling Quashed Under House Bill

In late July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. The controversial legislation, as passed by the House, creates a national voluntary standard for the labeling of foods with GMO...more

Ninth Circuit Vacates EPA’s Unconditional Registration for the Neonicotinoid Pesticide Sulfoxaflor Based on Hazard to Bees

In an opinion issued on September 10, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) unconditional registration for the pesticide sulfoxaflor and remanded the...more

FDA Finalizes First Two Rules Under FSMA

On September 10, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized its long-anticipated preventive control rules for human and animal food under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The Current Good...more

Federal Judge Blocks WOTUS Rule, Michigan Files Separate Suit

The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ “Waters of the United States” Rule (WOTUS) that was supposed to go into effect on August 28, 2015, was blocked when North Dakota U.S. District Judge Ralph...more

FSMA Rules for Preventive Controls for Human and Animal Food Manufacturing Finalized

On September 10, 2015, FDA issued a prepublication notice of its long-anticipated preventive control rules for human and animal food under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The Current Good Manufacturing Practice,...more

Food Safety’s Shifting Paradigm

The recent news that Stewart Parnell, convicted former Peanut Corporation of America CEO, is facing a possible life sentence as a consequence of his role in the nine deaths and hundreds of illnesses caused by PCA’s salmonella...more

Patenting the Potato: “Not All Taters are Created Equal”

Wearing a McDonald’s blue garrison-style hat—red hats signified management—I often worked at the french fry station during my pimply high school years in the 1970s. If you had asked me anything about the julienned potatoes I...more

All Over But the Penning: the California Legislature Completes its Work for 2015

The California Legislature adjourned its 2015 regular session early last Saturday morning. It is now up to Governor Brown to sign or veto the last of the Legislature’s 2015 work product. He has until Sunday, October 11, to...more

EEOC Wins Jury Verdict of over $17 Million for Victims of Sexual Harassment and Retaliation at Moreno Farms

Florida Farm Managers Subjected Women Workers to Coerced Sex, Groping and Verbal Abuse, Then Fired Them for Objecting, Federal Agency Charged - MIAMI -- A federal jury has returned a unanimous verdict awarding a total of...more

FDA Releases Initial FSMA Final Rules

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the first two final rules that implement the Food Safety and Modernization Act ("FSMA"). The Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule sets new safety requirements for...more

CFTC Announces Upcoming Agricultural Advisory Committee Meeting

The CFTC’s Agricultural Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on September 22 to address speculative positions limits for agricultural commodities and other agricultural market issues. Interested members of the public...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. July State Revenue Over Projection - Due to higher than anticipated revenues generated by...more

Farm Service Agency Announces Start Of BCAP Enrollment

On August 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced the start of enrollment for financial assistance through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) to assist in growing new...more

ECHA Issues Article 95 Biocide Suppliers List

On September 2, 2015, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued an updated list of biocide suppliers as required under Article 95 of the Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR). Although prior versions of the list were released...more

And on that farm he had a drone: UAS deployment in precision agriculture

Unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS,” or more commonly, “drones”) have become a valuable agricultural decision-making tool on the 21st Century farm. American farmers increasingly look to the skies to improve their crops and...more

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