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FDA Proposes New Rules Regarding Growing, Harvesting, Packing And Holding Domestic And Foreign Produce

On January 5, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as part of a continuing overhaul of the United States’ food safety laws under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), published proposed rules regarding the...more

BIO and ASTA Announce That GEMAA Is Now Effective

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) announced today that the Generic Event Marketability and Access Agreement (GEMAA) has received four signatories, and as a result is now...more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - Fall 2012

In This Issue: - 1 Farmers and commercial motor vehicle regulations - 4 Aflatoxin and the insured farmer - 5 Do you need a CDL for your recreational vehicle? - 6 McAfee & Taft’s Agricultural Real Estate...more

Why Every Line of the Notice of Security Interest Should Be Completed

For many out-of-staters, the first image that comes to mind when they hear "Illinois" is downtown Chicago. Chicago's one of the world's great cities, but the fact is, much of Illinois is rural. The state's 76,000 farms cover...more

OFAC Publishes New Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations

Recently the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued new Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. Notably, the regulations formally address financing provisions for authorized sales to...more

Question of the Week: Under Prop 37, how long do companies have to bring their products into compliance with the new labeling...

As we’ve previously discussed, Prop 37 has two important labeling components: (1) a requirement that foods made with genetic engineering are labeled as genetically engineered, and (2) a restriction on labeling genetically...more

“An Intentionally Tough Law”: Employment Rights Lost by “Responsibly Connected” Individuals When Their PACA-Licensed Companies...

The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act of 1930 (“PACA”)1 is deservedly renowned for its provisions creating a statutory trust on sold perishable commodities, and the products and revenues thereof. See 7 U.S.C. §499e. The...more

In Agricultural Regulation, A "Flawed Rate" is Not a "Filed Rate" For Damage Purposes

Notwithstanding the general applicability of the Filed Rate Doctrine, the Ninth Circuit recently held that it does not necessarily bar producer class actions for overcharges. Whether a given rating authority has “rejected” a...more

Congress May Act to Preempt State and Local Laws That Differ From Federal or Other State Agriculture Production Rules

With the current Farm Bill set to expire on Sept. 30, the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee adopted a provision in mid-July for the proposed 2012 Farm Bill. ...more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - February 2012

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: - 1 Full Circle: A lawyer’s story of returning to the family farm - 4 When livestock stray - 5 What every farmer needs to know about the crop insurance appraisal process - 6 FREQUENTLY ASKED...more

How The Restaurant Industry Might Be Affected By Plans to Grown Meat In A Lab?

A recent article posted on MSNBC’s website by Alan Boyle revealed that a scientist working at a university in the Netherlands is working on a project to grow animal meat in a laboratory using funding provided by a private...more

Recovering Attorney Fees in Crop Insurance Disputes with the Risk Management Agency: The Equal Access to Justice Act in NAD...

Agricultural Law Update - Volume 28, Number 4 - November 2011 Purchasers of federally reinsured crop insurance policies often find themselves at odds with the actions of the Risk Management Agency (the “RMA”), the arm of...more

SB 618 Provides Limited Williamson Act Relief for Solar Developers

Just signed by Governor Brown, SB 618 (Wolk) creates, for the first time, an explicit mechanism for landowners and solar developers to remove non-prime agricultural land from existing Williamson Act contracts in order to use...more

New procedures for foreclosure on agister's liens By Jeff Todd and Andrew Long

Originally published in Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association - July 26, 2011 While the Oklahoma horse industry survived the recent economic decline fairly well, we are aware of many horse boarding and training...more

USDA Gives OK for "Organic" Labeling for Third- Party Certified Textiles; National Organic Program Policy Clarified

On May 20, 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program ("NOP") issued a Policy Memorandum (PM-11-14) addressing the labeling of textile products containing organic ingredients (such as organic...more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - June 2011

In This Issue: 1 Jacky Martin racing again 2 Endangered species litigation 3 The Oklahoma Livestock Owner’s Lien Act 4 Winds of change Excerpt from "Jacky Martin racing again" Racing legend looks to McAfee & Taft...more

Trouble on the Range or a Green Opportunity? How the State's Budget Woes are Creating Both Challenges and Opportunities For...

While there are signs that the greater economy may be turning a corner, the State of California continues to struggle with its finances in the wake of the economic downturn. Indeed, despite all the political wrangling and...more

Agriculture Provisions of House CLimate Change Bill ("ACES")

Document is a summary of the Agriculture provisions that amended the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 before it narrowly passed the House of Representatives on June 26, 2009. It is now currently on the calender...more

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