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Nationwide GE Labeling Leaps Forward

Four years after California’s genetically engineered (GE) food labeling initiative was defeated, but just days before Vermont’s GE law is to go into effect, the U.S. Senate is poised to impose such labeling nationwide. The...more

Grower Security and Payment Protection Legislation Awaits Senate Approval

On May 5, the Senate Commerce Committee approved Senate Bills 899 and 900. The legislation would strengthen Michigan's Grain Dealer's Act and Farm Produce Insurance Act should a licensed grain dealer end up insolvent or...more

Federal Court Vacates Dep’t of Agriculture Guidance; Legislative Rule Requires Notice and Comment

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held, in Center for Environmental Health, et. al. v. Vilsack, that a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidance document, intended...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016 #3

This Week - Both chambers accelerated pace in an eventful week as several Committees met more than once throughout the week with some even meeting after the day’s floor session. Senior House Appropriations Chairman Rep....more

Senate Committee Passes Amendments Aimed at Easing PA 116 Burdens

In March 2016, the Michigan House unanimously passed House Bills 5189, 5190 and 5191, and the bills were subsequently passed by the Michigan Senate Agriculture Committee. The legislation is aimed at altering procedures for...more

H-2A Delays Cost Farmers Profits and Customers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are responsible for processing H-2A guest worker visa applications, but farmers are seeing delays of up to two weeks in the arrival of these...more

Drone experts say human and machine should be treated the same when it comes to privacy and security

Last week I attended the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS) in Arlington, Virginia. An “Ethics and Engineering” panel set forth some interesting questions for those individuals and businesses...more

First Post-Grant Review Written Opinions from PTAB Invalidate Two Patents for Livestock Valuation

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued its first written opinions based on a trial of the relatively new Post-Grant Review (PGR) proceeeding and genetic factors. American Simmental Association (ASA) brought the...more

India’s Competition Authorities Investigate Monsanto

Monsanto’s Indian joint venture has come under fire anew for allegedly anti-competitive behavior. India’s Competition Commission opened investigations this week into allegations that Monsanto and its partner Mahyco...more

Major Federal Food Safety Law Depends on Individual State Enforcement

In 2011, Congress approved the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act in response to several deadly outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. These outbreaks convinced legislators and food industry groups that the then-existing food...more

Stabenow’s GMO Labeling Bill Could Serve as a Potential Congressional Compromise

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) plans to propose a GMO labeling bill after briefing groups from each side of the debate. Stabenow has shown her proposal to the Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) whose...more

Legislative Update

With negotiations on the budget bill (H1030) continuing outside the public view, this week the General Assembly focused on other issues. Body Cameras (H972) - The House Judiciary II Committee approved a plan to...more

New Container Weight Requirements Effective July 1, 2016

This summer, new container weight requirements go into effect for containers shipped overseas. The International Maritime Organization has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (“SOLAS”) to require that shippers must...more

H.R. 5240 Introduced to Extend the Biodiesel Tax Credit

In labeling renewable fuel sources such as biodiesel "critical" to the nation's energy future, American Farm Bureau President Ziggy Duvall is encouraging lawmakers to act on the Biodiesel Tax Incentive Reform and Extension...more

EPA Solicits Comments on Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Managing Pesticide Resistance

On June 7, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it was making two draft Pesticide Registration Notices (PR Notices) available for public comment: (1) PR Notice 2016-X: Draft Guidance for...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - June 2016

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. FDA draft guidance aims to cut sodium in US diet. On June 1, the FDA...more

LCB Updates List of Approved Pesticides

With reports of significant non-approved pesticide use by some in the industry, the LCB has increased its focus upon pesticides. In addition to emergency regulations addressing product recalls and pesticide action...more

EPA Fails To Approve Dicamba Herbicide Label in Time for 2016 Growing Season

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to timely finalize product labeling of dicamba herbicides for use on Roundup-ready (RR2X) soybeans, leaving farmers unable to make use of the herbicide this growing season. The...more

FAO and WHO Publish Guidelines on Highly Hazardous Pesticides

On May 10, 2016, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) issued guidelines on highly hazardous pesticides (HHP) (Guidelines) as part of the International Code...more

RF state duma may consider draft law on new rules for retailers in this year’s spring session

In May 2015 the RF State Duma adopted at the first reading the Draft Law on Amendments to Certain Legal Acts of the RF Concerning Antimonopoly Regulation and Ensuring Food Safety1 (“Draft Law”), which was introduced by a...more

USDA Announces Availability Of BCAP Funding For Farmers, Foresters, And Ranchers

On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) had resumed incentives for farmers and foresters producing biomass for renewable...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May 2016 #5

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - To start a real economic recovery, look to startups - A strong op-ed in The Hill this week reminded us that startups are job creators whose interests are...more

2016 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report

Carlton Fields’s Government Law and Consulting Practice Group released its 2016 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report detailing significant bills that passed during the 2016 Regular Session of the Florida...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

Lawmakers returned to Raleigh for the Regular Session April 25, 2016. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly during session to keep you up to date on the latest legislative...more

Municipalities, Farmers, and Manufacturers Targeted by EPA's New Enforcement Initiatives

Municipalities and those involved in animal feeding and food manufacturing operations take heed: heightened EPA scrutiny is coming your way!...more

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