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Food Labeling Client Alert: FDA Proposes Changes to Iconic Nutrition Facts Label

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed an update to the iconic Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. In light of new scientific evidence about human health and nutrition, dietary recommendations of...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 10, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; International; States; Sustainability; and Miscellaneous....more

Michigan Department Of Ag Looks To Limit Scope Of Right To Farm Act

Now: Currently, commercial farms are protected from local regulation, including zoning restrictions. The existing "Site Selection" GAAMPs, which generally require large livestock production facilities to be located in...more

Capital Thinking: General Legislative

The Senate will convene today, Monday, February 3, at 2:00 pm. After any leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management...more

ML Strategies' Washington Outlook for 2014

In This Update: ..1. Introduction ..2. Agriculture ..3. Defense & National Security ..4. Education ..5. Energy & Environment ..6. Financial Services ..7. Foreign Policy ..8. Health Care ..9....more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - Fall 2013: The (stock) show must go on: Oklahoma Youth Expo secures court win

For nearly a century, Oklahoma City has hosted a junior livestock show each spring where youth from across the state display the best farm animals their generation has to offer in hopes of winning college scholarships and...more

Health Care Reform Update -- November 12, 2013

In This Issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups...more

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

Farm Bill Conference Progress - Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has remarked publicly that a farm bill compromise is “doable” before Congress leaves for the Thanksgiving break, as agreements may have...more

Energy And Environment Update -- October 29, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of State; Department of Treasury; Environmental Protection Agency;...more

Energy And Environment Update -- October 8, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Justice; Department of State; Department of Treasury;...more

Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - House Nutrition Title Bill - Last week, the House passed its nutrition title bill, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013 (H.R. 3102), by a vote of 217 to 210. The bill...more

$3 Million Dollar Strategic Growth Initiative Grant Program For Food And Ag Industry

The Department of Agriculture & Rural Development recently announced a Strategic Growth Initiative grant program to help Michigan's expanding food and agriculture industry. The $3 million dollar grant program, which is a...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms APHIS’s Deregulation of Roundup Ready Alfalfa; Denies Plaintiffs’ Request for Rehearing En Banc

In May 2013, the Ninth Circuit in Center for Food Safety v. Vilsack, No. 12-15052 (9th Cir. May 17, 2013), affirmed a district court’s ruling that upheld the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection...more

CFPB finalizes additional revisions to mortgage rules

On July 10, 2013, the CFPB issued a final version of modifications proposed in April 2013 to mortgage rules adopted in January 2013. Most of the modifications address the ability to repay/qualified mortgage rule, and...more

Energy And Environment Update -- July 8, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Nuclear Regulatory Commission;...more

Energy And Environment Update -- June 17, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Energy; Department of Homeland Security; Department of State; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;...more

President Obama’s FY 2014 Budget Proposal - Analysis Related To Administration Funding And Policy Priorities

INTRODUCTION - On April 10th, President Obama submitted his FY 2014 Budget Proposal to Congress. In the normal course of events, the President would have unveiled his spending plan in early February as required by law....more

CBP Inspects Almost a Billion Ways to Say “I Love You”

As the last of forgetful but doting husbands, boyfriends, and lovers runs out to buy their special someone flowers on this Valentine’s Day, the inspectors at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are breathing a sigh of...more

House Considers Alternative Patent Royalty Scheme for Genetically Engineered Seed

The tendency for members of the House of Representatives to exhibit ignorance of the patent system, so amply demonstrated in the "debate" over H.R. 6621 at the end of the last Congress (see "Congressional Misunderstandings...more

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