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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

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

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

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

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

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Programmatic Treatment of Biomass/Forest Products Industry: February 13th Letter from...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator E. Scott Pruitt (“Pruitt”) hand delivered, during a visit to the State of New Hampshire, a letter to Governor Chris Sununu which is characterized as an update on...more

Newsletter: Environmental Law Update

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Throughout Connecticut’s legislative session, these updates highlight developments concerning environmental law and policy. The author prepares updates as Legislative Liaison of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Environmental...more

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (Newton County, Arkansas): Intervenors' Scope of Participation in Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology...

As noted in a previous blog post (see previous post here) the Ozark Society, Inc., and three individuals (“Intervenors”) filed a Motion to Intervene and Request for Hearing (“Motion”) in C&H Hog Farms, Inc., (“C&H”) Request...more

EU’s Highest Court Issues Advisory Opinion Supporting Exemption of Directed Mutagenesis Products From GMO Regulation

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In a case with wide-reaching implications for the European Union’s (EU) regulation of products developed using CRISPR/Cas9 and other targeted genome-editing techniques, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) released an advisory...more

The Future of GMOs in the UK Post-Brexit

Following the United Kingdom triggering its formal exit from the European Union, negotiations regarding the details of the exit and the following transition period have begun. As one could expect, this negotiation process has...more

Environmental Protection Agency Streamlines Pesticide Residue Chemistry Data Requirements for Seed Treatment Uses

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On January 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced reduced residue chemistry data requirements for many seed-treatment pesticide uses. The new guidance introduces important changes to EPA policy and...more

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (Newton County, Arkansas): Ozark Society, Inc. Intervention in Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology...

The Ozark Society, Inc. and three individuals filed a January 26th Motion to Intervene and Request for Hearing (“Motion”) in C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (“C&H”) Request for Adjudicatory Hearing and Commission Review...more

South Carolina Surface Water Withdrawal Act: State Supreme Court Addresses Constitutional Challenge

The Supreme Court of South Carolina considered the constitutionality of the registration provisions of its Surface Water Withdrawal Act (“Act”). See Jowers v. South Carolina Dept. of Health and Environmental Control, 2017 WL...more

USDA Cancels Farm-To-Fleet Biofuel Program

On February 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announced in the Federal Register that it has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet Biofuel Production Incentive (BPI)...more

Section 9003 Biorefinery and Renewable Chemical Loan Program Gains Momentum - USDA Program Proves to Be Viable Commercialization...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Agriculture's 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (Section 9003 Program) had an unprecedented year in 2017, issuing numerous conditional...more

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. Permit Denial/Regulation 5 Issues: Arkansas Governor Hutchinson Meets with State Agricultural Leaders

The Arkansas Agricultural Department (“AAD”) issued a February 1st news release noting that Governor Hutchinson and Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward met with State Agricultural Leaders to discuss the Regulation 5...more

D.C. Circuit Delays Emissions Reporting Requirements For Farmers Until May 1, 2018

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On February 1, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit issued a stay delaying the implementation of a rule that will require farmers to estimate and report emissions from animal waste. Farmers will now have...more

NBB Announces New Report On Biodiesel Benefits

On January 22, 2018, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) announced that a new study on lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects of biodiesel updates and reaffirms the benefits of using the renewable fuel. ...more

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (Newton County, Arkansas) Request for Adjudicatory Hearing of Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality...

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (“C&H”) filed a January 18th Request for Adjudicatory Hearing and Commission Review (“Request”) challenging the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) denial of an application for a...more

Farms Required to Report Air Releases from Animal Waste

by Butler Snow LLP on

On April 11, 2017, the Federal Court struck down the 2008 EPA Rule exempting most farms from reporting releases of hazardous air pollutants under CERCLA and EPCRA. The rule exempted farms which had fewer animals than large...more

USDA Announces $6 Million In Funding For Bioenergy Feedstock Genomics

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On January 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of up to $6 million in funding to support research in plant feedstock genomics for...more

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

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

- 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

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