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Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announced in the Federal Register that it has withdrawn support for the Farm-to-Fleet Biofuel Production Incentive (BPI)...more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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - December 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Trump administration halts study of offshore oil inspections - ABC News - Dec 21 The Trump administration has halted an independent scientific study of offshore oil inspections by the Bureau of Safety and...more

National Water Quality Initiative: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces $30 Million in High-Priority Watershed...

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (“NRCS”) issued a December 21st news release announcing it will add 30 new watersheds in 2018 as part of its National Water Quality Initiative...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, December 2017

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

TSCA/FIFRA - Deadline Approaching For Comments On EPA’s Proposed Reporting Requirements For TSCA Mercury Inventory: As reported in our TSCAblog® item, on October 26, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

EPA to Initiate Proposed Rulemakings to Revise WPS and the C&T Rule

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On December 14, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it was initiating a process to revise (1) certain requirements in the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS); and (2) to revise the minimum...more

2018 Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference/Expo: First National Bank Arena – January 31st/Jonesboro, Arkansas

The 2018 Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference and Expo (“Conference”) will be held on January 31st. The Conference will be held at the First National Bank Arena (formerly the Arkansas State University Convocation...more

Office of Great Lakes Moves from DEQ to DNR

by Varnum LLP on

Gov. Rick Snyder recently issued Executive Order 2017-9 which moves the Michigan Office of Great Lakes from the DEQ to the DNR. "Protection and management of the Lakes is critical to our future," said Gov. Snyder....more

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