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Food & Beverage Litigation Update | January 2018 #2

Organic Group Objects to Withdrawal of OLPP - A group of organic food producers, retailers and certifiers has published a full-page advertisement in The Washington Post containing the text of a letter to Secretary of...more

Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: January 2018 #3

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- Food Dive discussed 2018 grocery tech trends. - Business Insider discussed McDonald’s sustainability efforts....more

Japan Proposes To Revise Its Fuel Ethanol Policy

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On January 2, 2018, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) issued a Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN) report on Japan’s fuel ethanol policy. According to the report, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and...more

Rural Prosperity Task Force Presents Findings To President Trump

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On January 8, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue presented to President Donald Trump the findings of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. The Task Force was established in 2017...more

Ag-Gag Law Update

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On June 22, 2017, September 15, 2017 and October 12, 2017, we blogged about so-called ag-gag laws, laws designed to prevent investigative journalism about producers of food. These laws raise serious First Amendment questions...more

Using Prenuptial Agreements to Protect the Family Farm

by Ruder Ware on

The family farm is a special asset. The family may have worked hard through decades, maybe even generations, to accumulate and develop the farm’s land, equipment and livestock. The children may be grown and successors to...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. V, Issue 1

by Jones Day on

Top News - FDA Announces Intention to Not Enforce Certain FSMA Final Rules Provisions - On January 4, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued a guidance announcing that it does not intend to enforce...more

NAFTA Renegotiations and Agriculture

by Cozen O'Connor on

On January 8, 2018, President Donald Trump spoke at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual conference. During his speech, President Trump said his administration is working on negotiating a good deal for farmers in the...more

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part II - Housing and Land Use, Environment, Public Property/Public Works and Economic...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Legislature was busy in 2017, which means plenty of laws passed in Sacramento that will impact public agencies. In this three-part series, Best Best & Krieger LLP gives a comprehensive summary of the new laws...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

by DLA Piper on

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Inspector general criticizes FDA food recall procedures - On December 26,...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | January 2018

FDA Announces Intent Not to Enforce Portions of FSMA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it will not enforce certain provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) because the agency needs...more

Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: January 2018 #2

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Food Safety News discussed new FDA FSMA guidance. - BioPortfolio discussed the Soulfull Project’s efforts to combat food insecurity....more

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. Sow-Farrowing Facility (Newton County, Arkansas): Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Denial of...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) public noticed the denial of an application for an Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission Regulation 5 permit by C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (“C&H”). Regulation...more

USDA Awards Nearly Three Million In Funding For Integrated Biorefinery Optimization

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On January 4, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded the University of Tennessee a $2,994,429 grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated...more

New FDA Enforcement Discretion Leans Business-Friendly

by Barley Snyder on

The Food and Drug Administration seems to have made a New Year’s resolution to lessen the regulatory burden under the Food Safety and Modernization Act rules. The FDA issued guidance on January 4 that details four areas of...more

Prop 65 Victory For Defendants – Defendants Are Entitled To Have Their Cases Heard In the County Where the Claim Arose

Prop 65 Plaintiffs routinely file most Prop 65 cases in Alameda County, presumably because they believe it is a plaintiff-friendly forum. However, the California Court of Appeal recently issued a victory for Prop 65...more

Toasting Tax Reform’s Impact on Brewers, Vintners, Distillers and Distributors

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In addition to the more publicized portions of the recent tax legislation, certain provisions also positively impact your favorite local craft brew, regional small batch wine or even a locally distilled alcoholic beverage....more

Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: January 4, 2018

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CBC News discussed a national plan in Canada to reduce antibiotic use in farm animals....more

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Agriculture Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

USDA Announces Support For SBIR Phase II Projects

On December 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the release of a request for applications (RFA) for Phase II Small Business Innovation Research...more

USDA Announces New Phytosanitary Requirements for Soybean Exports to China

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On December 27, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) announced a new procedure for U.S. soybean exporters to comply with China’s phytosanitary import...more

USDA Issues Annual Agricultural Biotechnology Report for China

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On December 29, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS) issued its annual report on the status of agricultural biotechnology in China. According to the new report, which...more

Proposed Marijuana Farm Raises Scope of Oregon’s Right-to-Farm Law

A case in Yamhill County Circuit Court in McMinnville, Oregon pits two farms — a vineyard and a potential commercial marijuana grower — against each other, implicating the scope of Oregon’s Right to Farm law. At issue in...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | December 2017 #3

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Proposition 65 - After California voters approved the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Prop. 65), the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) began publishing a list of...more

Missouri Issues Fines for Dicamba Misuse

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On December 14, 2017, the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced that it issued and collected the first round of fines resulting from investigations regarding the pesticide dicamba. The news release states that...more

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