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USDA Announces Release of Report Charting Path to Commercialization of Cellulosic Nanomaterials

On November 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has released a report that details the pathway to commercializing affordable, renewable, and biodegradable...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, 11/14

EPA Proposes To Remove 72 Chemicals From Approved Pesticide Inert Ingredients List: On October 22, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested public comment on a proposal to remove 72 chemicals from its...more

Why Plant Patenting Floats Free of GMO Crop Controversies

Public debates about the merits of genetically modified crops often end in polarized shouting matches. They pit so-called “romantic environmentalists” against scientifically-minded advocates for companies that derive their...more

The State and Local Regulatory Landscape for Bioengineered Plants

Across the country, numerous state and local governments have enacted or are considering laws affecting the cultivation, use, and labeling of genetically engineered plants (“GMOs”). These laws are best described in three...more

BRAG Petitions EPA for Biodiesel Products Exemptions Already Granted to Petroleum Products

On October 21, 2014, the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) submitted two petitions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that biodiesel fuel manufacturers be granted the same...more

“Why Biobased?” Report Released by USDA

On October 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released "Why Biobased?," a report that comprehensively synthesizes findings from the existing government, academia, and non-governmental organizations on...more

Growing Michigan - Third Quarter 2014

In This Issue: - Food and Drug Administration Not Required to Ban Antibiotics Given to Food-Producing Animals - U.S. Department of Agriculture Expands Crop Insurance under 2014 Farm Bill -...more

Food and Drug Administration Not Required to Ban Antibiotics Given to Food-Producing Animals

A federal appeals court recently ruled that the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") does not have to ban the practice of feeding antibiotics to healthy, food-producing animals. This ruling is controversial because of public...more

Judge Overturns Kauai County Pesticide and GMO Law

On August 25, the federal district court for Hawaii vacated Kauai County’s Ordinance 960, which imposed mandatory disclosure obligations regarding the use of certain pesticides and the cultivation of genetically modified...more

DOE Publishes Notices Announcing Meeting Of And Solicitation Of Nominees For Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee

On May 19, 2014, two U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) notices were published in the Federal Register. The first is a notice of an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (Committee)....more

Turning Problems Into Profits: Ag Waste-To-Energy Trend Could Be A Boon For New Jersey Lawyers

Scientists at the Rutgers EcoComplex in Bordentown are working hard to find new and more efficient ways to transform agricultural waste into energy. In the process, they stand a good chance of creating exciting new...more

Wrap-up of Federal Chemical Regulatory Developments for April 2014

EPA Makes TSCA Notifications Of Substantial Risk Amendable To Electronic Reporting: On March 19, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that notifications of substantial risk under Section 8(e) of the...more

Opposition to Genetically Engineered Crops Goes Local: Municipal Laws Seek to Ban GMOs

A recent effort by two Los Angeles city councilmen to ban the sale and cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) signals an emerging trend in the attack against crop biotechnology. Municipalities in a number of...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms APHIS's Deregulation of Roundup Ready Alfalfa in Center for Food Safety v. Vilsack, No. 12-15052 (9th Cir....

On May 17, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a game-changing decision regarding court challenges to APHIS deregulation determinations for genetically engineered (GE) plants and agricultural commodities -- in...more

USDA Doors Still Open To Cleantech After DOE Loan Firestorm

Originally published in Law360, New York on October 19, 2012. The U.S. Department of Agriculture made loan guarantees to three biomass energy projects this month, a quiet reminder that after the political firestorm...more

Capital Thinking Update - July 30, 2012

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health Care - International, Defense,...more

Energy and Environment Update - July 25, 2010

In This Issue: *Energy and Climate Legislation *Senate ..Oil Spill Hearings Continued Thursday ..Energy Committee Moves Six Energy Pieces ..Agriculture Committee Assesses Energy Programs ..Commerce Panel Votes Out...more

Hawai`i Orchid Growers Association v. Michael Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture, D.C. Cir. No. 06-5208

Judgment/Unpublished Disposition

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Hawai`i Orchid Growers Association v. Michael Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture, D.C. Cir. No. 06-5208

Final Reply Brief of Appellant Hawai`i Orchid Growers Association

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Hawai`i Orchid Growers Association v. Michael Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture, D.C. Cir. No. 06-5208

Final Principal Brief of Appellant Hawai`i Orchid Growers Association

This Appeal arose from a challenge to a Final Rule allowing the importation from Taiwan of potted moth orchids. Hawai`i Orchid Growers Association sought revision of the Final Rule claiming that required inter-agency...more

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