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Cause for Concern Over Organic Fertilizer Made from Food Waste?

by Downey Brand LLP on

In December 2016, the National Organic Program (NOP) issued guidance 5034-1 that can be interpreted as approving of food waste for use in organic crop production (for example, as an input in fertilizer) without regard to...more

Biofuel Mandates Escape Current EPA Scrutiny

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a regulatory program administered by EPA that requires petroleum-based transportation fuel sold in the U.S. to contain a minimum volume of various categories of biofuels. The program’s...more

DOE Announces $9 Million In Funding For Biomass Research And Development

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), announced that up to $9 million in funding will be...more

New California Groundwater Fees – Another Step Forward for SGMA

by Stoel Rives LLP on

California’s newer groundwater regulatory structure, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (“SGMA”), was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on September 16, 2014. The State Water Resources Control Board...more

Trump Releases Proposed Budget For FY 2018

On May 23, 2017, President Trump released the Administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which includes significant cuts to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and...more

NC Legislative Update: June 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Lawmakers returned to Raleigh Monday morning with the intention of beginning the budget reconciliation effort through the Conference Committee process. However, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily altered that...more

Energy Innovation and President Trump's 2018 Budget Proposal - A Comprehensive Outlook for Key Grant and Loan Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump released on May 23, 2017, his budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which closely mirrors his America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again – also known as the "skinny budget"...more

Appeals Court Decision Requires Air Emissions Reporting for Animal Waste

by Jackson Walker on

On April 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit vacated a 2008 EPA rule, which had exempted certain agricultural operations from federal air emission reporting requirements...more

Downstream drama: Iowa utility can’t recover damages from county drainage districts

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The complex issues affecting agriculture and related industries came into sharp focus recently with an Iowa Supreme Court decision that considered whether one government entity can sue another for damages related to water...more

Amid Uncertain Trade Climate, a Look at Top Imports, Exports With Mexico

Auto companies, computer manufacturers and oil producers are closely watching how the trade relationship evolves between the U.S. and Mexico under President Donald Trump. Their products are among the top U.S. exports to...more

DOE Announced Biomass Technical Advisory Meeting

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) published a notice in the Federal Register regarding an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Microsoft tests deep-sea data centers for energy-efficient cooling, security - Construction Dive - Mar 1 - Microsoft researchers have developed undersea data centers that...more

USDA Releases Report On Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Balance Of Ethanol

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On January 12, 2017, USDA released a report on the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) balance of corn ethanol, titled “A Life-Cycle Analysis of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Based Ethanol.” The study reviewed industry and...more

USDA Renewable Energy Program Forecast

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump's nomination of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture had been rumored for some time. However, Perdue's nomination on Jan. 19, 2017, the day before Trump was inaugurated,...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2017

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Newly-elected lawmakers in both houses got the news about where they will spend most of their days this session when committee assignments were handed out. Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero, gave House members...more

Top 10 Considerations for Iowa Employers Post Election

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

There has already been a great deal written about the outcome of the 2016 election. Polls, long considered lagging indicators, were not indicators at all. As the dust settles and the recounts conclude, personal, professional...more

An Overview of the Industrial Sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the National Industrial Cluster Development Program

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Based on a variety of export-oriented industries including oil and gas, metals and mining, logistics, agrochemicals and food and beverages, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has the largest industrial output in the MENA region....more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Septiembre - Información con énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Durante el mes de Septiembre destacan los siguientes temas: Contenido Nacional, Comercio, Inversión Extranjera, Normalización, Competencia, Medio Ambiente, Subvenciones, Prácticas Desleales, Servicios Transporte Aéreo, ISDS....more

Municipal Legal News

by Dickinson Wright on

On September 21, Governor Snyder signed a package of bills (2016 PA 281-283) that significantly expands the types of medical marijuana facilities permitted under state law, and establishes a licensing scheme similar to the...more

Three Things You Need to Know About California’s New Surface Water Diversion Reporting Requirements

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On August 22, the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Water Board”) held an informational meeting to answer questions and get the public up to speed on California’s new surface water diversion reporting requirements....more

New Legislation in North Carolina Impacts the Agribusiness Industry

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In the recently ended session in the General Assembly, Senate Bill 770 was enacted. This bill is entitled “An Act To Provide Further Regulatory Relief To The Agricultural Community.”...more

What You Need to Know about the Proposed Revisions to Cap and Trade

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Late Tuesday, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) released draft amendments to the state’s cap and trade regulation, including revisions to the current program in place through 2020, an extension of the program through...more

Legislative Update

by Brooks Pierce on

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

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

by Varnum LLP on

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

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

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