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Monsanto and Pairwise Announce R&D Collaboration to Accelerate Innovation in Agriculture with Gene Editing

by Bryan Cave on

Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) and Pairwise Plants (Pairwise), an agricultural startup, have announced a collaboration to advance agriculture research and development by leveraging gene-editing technology. Under the agreement,...more

USDA Solicits REAP Applicants For Fiscal Year 2018

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 13, 2018, the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service issued in the Federal Register a notice of solicitation of applications for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for fiscal year (FY) 2018. The...more

USDA Seeks Public Comment On Collection Of Biobased Procurement Data

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 12, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued in the Federal Register a notice announcing the submission of an information collection request (ICR) on the guidelines for designating biobased products for...more

Our Nominees for the Top 20 California Employment Law Risks to Agriculture Employers

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

California agricultural employers must be mindful of the federal, state, and local laws on the books, many of which pose traps for the unwary. Here are some of the most important employment and labor legal issues warranting...more

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

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

The Financial Buzz discussed McDonald’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. USA Today reported on online grocery delivery....more

Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM)—A Devastating, Infectious Neurological Disease Affecting Horses—Continues To Threaten...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Equine herpes virus-1, a sometimes deadly virus that can cause myeloencephalopathy in some infected horses (Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy or EHM), has surfaced at one horse farm in Union County, NJ, as reported by...more

Bayer/Monsanto: European Commission Continues Its Trend of More Aggressive Divestments to Address Innovation Concerns

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Commission has routinely considered potential harm to innovation as part of its merger assessments, particularly in R&D driven sectors such as pharmaceuticals and technology. In recent years, however, the...more

Where the Blacktop Ends: Promising Developments at the Intersection of Agricultural Production and Urban Living

With the Trump administration’s rollback of federal regulations proceeding at a steady pace, and with new federal tax policy firmly established, and with the next federal Farm Bill promised by year’s end, Arkansas’s farmers...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | March 2018 #3

USDA Withdraws Organic Livestock and Poultry Rule - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a final rule withdrawing the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule, leaving existing organic regulations in...more

Arkansas 91st General Assembly – Second Extraordinary Session 2018: House Bill 1007/Senate Bill 8 – Update

As noted in previous posts (see previous posts of 03-13-18 and 03-14-18 here) House Bill (“H.B.”) 1007 and Senate Bill (“S.B.) 8 would add a subsection to a section of Subchapter 2 (Water Pollution) of the Arkansas Water and...more

Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew: Considerations When Negotiating Food Transportation Contracts

by Benesch on

There exists some confusion among entities covered by the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food regulations, found at 21 C.F.R. § 1.900 et seq. and published April 6, 2016 (STF Rules), as to their respective...more

Industry Coalition Sends Letter On Farm Bill To Congressional Agricultural Committee

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 6, 2018, a coalition of over 200 companies and trade associations sent a letter to the Agricultural Committee leaders in the House and Senate urging the reauthorization of and stable mandatory funding for the energy...more

NIFA Issues 2017 Annual Report

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 27, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) published its 2017 Annual Report: User Inspired Science Transforming Lives. The report provides an overview...more

California DFA Ordered to Suspend Chemical Activities

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 22, 2018, the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Sacramento, issued a judgment granting petition for writ of mandate and declaratory and injunctive relief (Judgment) to suspend further chemical...more

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

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

USAgNet discussed PepsiCo Foundation efforts to combat student hunger. The Minnesota Star Tribune discussed expansion of Walmart grocery delivery....more

The Latest in the Prop. 65 World: Processed Meat; Lead and Cadmium in Chocolate; and Glyphosate in Herbicides

by Downey Brand LLP on

February was a busy month in the Proposition 65 world with two developments that may impact businesses that manufacture or sell processed meat or chocolate products. In addition, the United States District Court for the...more

UPDATE: USDA Withdraws Organic Livestock Mandates

by Barley Snyder on

This is an update to a previous client alert, “USDA Rethinking Organic Livestock Mandates.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to withdraw its final rule governing treatment of animals used for organic...more

Arkansas 91st General Assembly – Secondary Extraordinary Session 2018: House Bill 1007 – Modification /Review of Arkansas...

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson issued an official call to legislators for an Extraordinary Session of the 91st General Assembly which convenes today at 9:00 a.m. Call item number 6 is described as...more

Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 9

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

This week, legislators again focused on floor work with action on many bills and the Senate started to work through its confirmation calendar. Department of Human Services - The Senate delayed the confirmation vote on...more

Increasingly Popular Backyard Chickens Should Be Permitted But Regulated To Protect Human And Animal Health.

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

An interesting study about ordinances governing backyard poultry ownership in Colorado was recently published, titled “A Method for Guarding Animal Welfare and Public Health: Tracking the Rise of Backyard Poultry Ordinances”...more

Agriculture/Superfund Release Reporting: March 8th U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing

The United States Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight Committee of the Environment and Public Works (“Committee”) held a March 8th hearing in regards to: Senate Bill 2421 – The Fair...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | March 2018 #2

US, EU Near Agreement on Shellfish Trade - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed to allow the import of raw bivalve molluscan shellfish—including clams, mussels, oysters and scallops—harvested in the...more

The Weekly Round-Up: Department of Justice Sues California Over “Sanctuary Cities,” USCIS Likely to Suspend Speedy Processing for...

Justice Department Sues California - On Tuesday night, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against the State of California, as well as Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General of the State Xavier...more

DOE Awards $10.6 Million In Funding For Bioenergy Crop Research

On February 25, 2018, the University of Illinois announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a $10.6 million grant for the Renewable Oil Generated with Ultra-productive Energycane (ROGUE) project. The project...more

New Human Rights Case Alleging Deception Of Consumers Filed Against Food Companies (This Time On The East Coast)

by Perkins Coie on

In the wake of the 2016 dismissal of human rights cases filed against food companies in California, a new class action case was filed on February 26, 2018 in Massachusetts federal court (Tomasella v. Hershey Co.) alleging...more

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