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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

Specific Agricultural Interests Added to SGMA

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Farmers, ranchers and dairy professionals are now identified as being among the beneficial uses and users of groundwater whose interests must be considered under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. This is the result...more

China Updates New Industry Catalogue - PRC reduces regulatory procedures for foreign investments following its 2016 reforms

On June 28, 2017, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China (China) promulgated the 7th updated version of the Catalogue of Industries for...more

Tomato Tweaking: Genetically Engineered Crops May Be Safe for Consumption, Environment

by Lewitt Hackman on

Most of us remember the Jack and the Beanstalk story. In this 18th century fairy tale, a young, poor, every-day Jack trades an old cow for magic beans which makes his mother very angry. But in the end, Jack manages to bring...more

NCGA Launches The “Consider Corn Challenge”

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 7, 2017, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), along with innovation facilitator NineSigma, announced the launch of a global competition to identify new and innovative uses for corn as a renewable feedstock...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

Limited Time Remaining To Help Shape Maryland's Nutrient Trading Program

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

There are only a few weeks left for the public to comment on the Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) recently issued draft regulations establishing Maryland’s Water Quality Nutrient and Sediment Trading and Offset...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

Timeline for Implementation of Pesticide Applicators Rule Lengthened by the EPA

by Varnum LLP on

On May 11, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a 12-month extension on the implementation of the revised final Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators Rule. The extension is meant to provide states and...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

From Mass to Class: Freeman v. Grain Processing Corporation

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Over the past two decades, large agricultural operations have become a popular target for plaintiffs’ attorneys. Bringing claims under common law causes of action like negligence, trespass, and especially nuisance based on...more

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