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FDA Announces Public Meetings and Requests Comments on Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative

by K&L Gates LLP on

On October 13, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) announced in the Federal Register a notice of two upcoming public meetings and request for comments related to the initial phase of the Agency’s...more

USDA Announces $21 Million In Funding For Biobased Products

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased...more

FDA Announces Meeting, Calls For Comments On FDA/USDA Agricultural Biotechnology Education And Outre

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 12, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced two public meetings regarding its Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative. The meetings will be held in Charlotte, North...more

Spero Energy Receives SBIR Grant For Biobased Chelates

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

USDA awarded Spero Energy Inc. a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $100,000 to conduct research and development to increase the availability and competitiveness of biobased products within the agricultural...more

Watershed Protection/Flood Prevention Program: U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces Local Watershed Grants...

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (“NRCS”) announced in an October 4th news release plans to invest in what it describes as...more

Senate Committee Holds Hearing On 2018 Farm Bill

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 28, 2017, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing titled “Rural Development and Energy Programs: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill” to gather stakeholder input regarding the...more

Revised Data Requirements for China Pesticide Registration Issued

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 29, 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture of China (MOA) issued the final revisions to Data Requirements on Pesticide Registration (MOA Proclamation No. 2569). The revisions will become effective on November 1, 2017,...more

Air Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Mississippi County, Arkansas Terminal Grain Elevator Enter into...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Poinsett Rice & Grain, Inc. (“PRGI”) entered into a September 8th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of an air permit. See LIS...more

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association: Tyson Foods Scranton, Arkansas Facility Wins Clean Water Award (Full Treatment Category)

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (“Association”) announced in a September 21st news release that Tyson Foods River Valley Animal Foods (“Tyson”) in Scranton, Arkansas was a recipient of the 2017 Clean Water Award....more

MI Farmers React to EPA Announcement to Formally Rescind WOTUS Rule

by Varnum LLP on

Michigan farmers have actively challenged the necessity of the Obama administration’s Water of the U.S. or WOTUS Rule. Michigan Farm Bureau Associate National Legislative Counsel John Kran recently reacted to the announcement...more

Examination of Vegetation Management Requirements for Electricity Assets Located on Federal Lands: September 19th U.S. Senate...

The United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing titled - To Examine Vegetation Management Requirements for Electricity Assets Located on Federal Lands - The hearing was also scheduled...more

Animal Feeding Operations Emission Estimation Methods: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General Report

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a September 19th report titled: Eleven Years After Agreement, EPA Has Not Developed Reliable Emission Estimation...more

Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit 2017: Little Rock, Arkansas – October 27

The Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit (“Summit”) will be held on October 27th in Little Rock, Arkansas. Summit partners include: •Arkansas Public Policy Panel •Arkansas Environmental Defense Alliance •Audubon...more

Temporarily Tapped Out: More Time to Consider California's Clean Water Funding Bill

by Lewitt Hackman on

How deep does the clean water issue go in California? Let’s first take a look at some fairly recent and comprehensive findings: There was good news and bad news regarding the cleanliness of California’s drinking water,...more

USDA Awards Funding For Study Of Biofuels Impact On Climate

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded researchers from Clemson University a $147,744, two-year grant to evaluate the effectiveness of producing biofuels to...more

U.S. EPA Environmental Appeals Board Petition for Review: Land & Cattle Company August 22nd Challenge to New Mexico City/Village's...

The Rio Hondo Land & Cattle Company (“Rio Hondo”) filed an August 22nd Petition for Review (“Petition”) before the United States Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Appeals Board challenging certain terms and...more

Solar Farms: Shining a Light on Zoning Requirements

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

With anticipation and wonder many of us stood still for several moments on August 21, 2017 hoping to catch at least a glimpse of the much anticipated total eclipse of the sun. Whether you were fortunate to be in the area of...more

Investment opportunities in the Fisheries and Aquaculture sector in Oman

by Dentons on

Oman's "Tanfeedh" programme has been established to promote economic diversification in the Sultanate. Tanfeedh aims to reduce dependence on the oil and gas sector, focusing on five key business sectors – manufacturing,...more

New Cases Provide Mixed Messages to Conservation Easement Donors

Fifth Circuit encourages flexibility for conservation easement deductions in Bosque Mountain Ranch, while Tax Court makes it difficult for farmers in Rutkoske. Two important conservation easement opinions were handed down...more

Six things to know about glyphosate

by DLA Piper on

Glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, is under scrutiny by media and plaintiff groups amid recent reports that it is potentially carcinogenic. A key ingredient in consumer and industrial...more

USDA Announces $15.1 Million In Grants For Bioenergy and Bioproducts

On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded 34 grants totaling $15.1 million for research on renewable energy, biobased products, and agroecosystems....more

California Governor Signs Climate Change Law Extending the Cap-And-Trade Program Until 2030

by Holland & Knight LLP on

AB 398 passed in both the California State Senate and Assembly with a two-thirds majority of bipartisan lawmakers. It received support from businesses and environmental advocates alike. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill...more

USDA Awards $4.6 Million in Nanotechnology Research Grants

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On July 20, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 13 grants worth $4.6 million for research on the next generation of agricultural technologies...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - July 2017 #2

by DLA Piper on

What impact will the listing of glyphosate under Prop 65 have on food companies? On July 7, glyphosate, the active ingredient in common herbicides, was added to California's Prop 65 list. This means that starting in July...more

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

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