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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

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

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

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

EPA And The Corps Propose To Add Years To “Effective” Applicability Date Of WOTUS Rule

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that would add an applicability date two years in the future to the Obama-era Waters of the United...more

Marijuana Cultivation: California State Water Board Adopts Policy Addressing Water Diversion/Discharge

The California State Water Board (“Board”) recently adopted what it describes as a “new statewide policy establishing strict environmental standards for cannabis cultivation in order to protect water flows and water quality...more

Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program Accepting Applications

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On November 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) issued a statement soliciting applications for its Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program. The...more

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

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

TSCA/FIFRA - EPA Extends Comment Period For Draft Guidance For Pesticide Registrants On Notifications, Non-notifications, And Minor Formulation Amendments: On October 5, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

Animal Waste Emissions from Large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: EPA, under the guns of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

by Ruder Ware on

Introduction - Let me be Captain Obvious here. When the title is that long, the topic, including its context and history, is convoluted. Let’s start at the end, work our way toward the beginning, and come full circle. On...more

New EPA air emissions reporting requirements start Nov. 15

by Varnum LLP on

Beginning Nov. 15, many livestock farms releasing hazardous substances to the air from animal waste are required to begin reporting air emissions. In 2008, the EPA finalized a rule exempting almost all livestock farms from...more

China Strengthens Regulation of Pesticides and Creates Centralized Pesticide Bureau

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

China, the world’s largest producer and consumer of pesticides, is strengthening its regulation of agrochemicals. The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) recently issued revisions to the country’s pesticide registration...more

USDA Withdraws Proposed Rule on the Importation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain GE Organisms

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On November 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a notice in the Federal Register (82 Fed. Reg. 51582) stating that it was withdrawing its January 19,...more

How Low Can You Go? Proposed Agricultural Waste Discharge Requirements Impose Even More Stringent Demands on Central Valley...

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On October 10, 2017, the California State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”) issued the second version of an order to modify agricultural waste discharge requirements (“Proposed Order”), under the Irrigated Lands...more

NC Oyster and Marine Aquaculture Makes a Splash

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

North Carolina is prioritizing the marine fisheries and oyster industries to provide growth opportunities for non-urban coastal communities. Activities in the North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate during the last...more

Client Alert: CAFOs: Protect Against Future Liability; Make Continuous Release Report on November 15

On November 15, the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that invalidated the U.S. EPA’s rule exempting hog, chicken, dairy cow and other concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) from reporting air...more

DOE Announces Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Meeting

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) published a notice in the Federal Register regarding an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development...more

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