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Agriculture Biologicals Company NewLeaf Symbiotics Announces Second Close to Complete its $30MM C Round Financing

by Bryan Cave on

NewLeaf Symbiotics announced that it has completed the second close of its $30MM series C financing, accelerating plans to convert proven applications of its unique biologicals platform into products for large-scale...more

Draft EU List of Authorised Novel Foods Published

by Hogan Lovells on

The European Commission has published a draft implementing Regulation setting out the proposed official EU list of authorised novel foods. A ‘novel food’ is a food or ingredient that has not been consumed to a significant...more

Majority in favour of improving fairness in EU food supply chain

by Hogan Lovells on

Initial responses to the European Commission’s public consultation on how to make the EU food supply chain fairer suggest that, bar retailers, the majority of significant stakeholders (including Member States, farmer groups,...more

5 New Laws: California Governor Approves Employee-Friendly Laws

The 2017 California Legislature adjourned on September 15, 2017, and resulted in more than 700 bills being sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for approval. Although the deadline for the Governor to sign new bills into law...more

Improvements To Housing Of Farm Animals Must Be Science-Based, Sustainable, And Performed In A Cost-Effective Manner

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On October 12, 2017 Nestlé USA announced that by 2024 they would “strive to source all of the broiler chickens we use as ingredients for our U.S. food portfolio from sources meeting a higher standard of animal welfare,...more

Not out of the woods yet: What the lifting of Sudan sanctions means for businesses and non-profits

by Hogan Lovells on

Yesterday, on October 12, 2017, the U.S. permanently revoked most sanctions against Sudan. This lifting represents the completion of a process that began in January 2017, and was extended in July 2017. ...more

FinTech Highlights from CFTC Chairman Giancarlo’s Testimony Before House Agricultural Committee

by Perkins Coie on

Earlier this week, CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo testified before the House Agricultural Committee. The following are highlights of “Fin Tech” issues addressed during the course of that testimony....more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - October 2017

by DLA Piper on

FDA formally delays effective date of new Nutrition Facts label. The FDA has extended the compliance deadline for the new Nutrition Facts label until January 1, 2020 for large manufacturers and January 1, 2021 for...more

Not All Buffalos Are Alike: Court Finds No Likelihood Of Consumer Confusion Between Bourbon Bottle And Wine Bottle Trade Dress

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, Sazerac Co. Inc. v. Fetzer Vineyards, N.D. Cal. (Sept. 19, 2017) (Judge William Orrick) - Winemaker Fetzer Vineyards recently escaped a trademark infringement lawsuit brought by...more

Senate Committee Holds Hearing On 2018 Farm Bill

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On September 28, 2017, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing titled “Rural Development and Energy Programs: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill” to gather stakeholder input regarding the...more

South East Asia: 5 reasons why it is an essential patent filing destination

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should file your patent in South East Asia. 1. South East Asia is big - South East Asia, and the 10 member countries of ASEAN (the Association of South East Asian Nations) in...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. IV, Issue 6

by Jones Day on

TOP NEWS - FDA Proposes New Compliance Dates for the Water Provisions of the Produce Safety Final Rule - On September 13, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration issued a proposed rule to extend, for covered produce...more

Michigan Agriculture Bills Passed Before Summer Recess

by Varnum LLP on

A set of agriculture bills to clarify ag exemptions were passed in the Michigan House before summer recess. Majority floor leader Dan Lauwers told Brownfield Ag News that one of the bills builds upon changes requested by the...more

Livestock In Critical Need Of Hay: Hurricane Harvey Relief

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As reported by Texas Department of Agriculture the following needs for livestock have been identified:- "Donation of Hay and Feed:- The Department is currently working with Texas A&M AgriLife for donations of animal hay...more

Podcast Episode 7 - Water and Condemnation with Professor Vanessa Casado Perez

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Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 7, two of Locke Lord’s Dallas Partners, Clint Schumacher and Jeff Mead, talk with Professor Vanessa Casado Perez on Water and Condemnation....more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | September 2017 #2

FDA Seeks Comment on Regulation Changes for "Meaningful Burden Reduction" - Implementing an executive order titled "Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has...more

American Farm Bureau Federation Establishes Goals for Farm Bill

by Varnum LLP on

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has outlined the organization’s key objectives for the 2018 Farm Bill. It recently relayed goals and recommendations to congressional leaders in advance of the upcoming farm bill...more

President Trump and OFAC Announce Targeted Economic Sanctions on Venezuela

On August 25, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) imposing economic sanctions related to Venezuela. The new measures prohibit U.S. persons from engaging in certain debt-, equity-, and securities-related...more

A New “Recipe" Guide for Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries in Frederick County, Maryland

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Craft wineries, breweries and distilleries are a rapidly growing industry and agri-business in the State of Maryland and beyond. Leading the way, Frederick County, Maryland, now boasts more than 30 wineries, breweries and...more

National Milk Producers Federation Working to Improve Labor Challenges

by Varnum LLP on

USAgNet.com recently reported that National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) President and CEO Jim Mulhern praised the work of Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) for offering an amendment to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | August 2017 #3

As plant-based beverages appear on more store shelves, the definition of “milk” has become the center of a dispute involving legislatures, regulators, litigators and industry groups. Shook Partners Katie Gates Calderon and...more

Ukraine: ripe for investment

by DLA Piper on

Ukraine’s infrastructure has huge potential and the increase of agricultural exports is one of the key catalysts of infrastructural development. It seems that the time is right for investment....more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Tunisia

1. What role does the government of Tunisia play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Tunisian government places a priority on attracting foreign direct investment. The Tunisian government...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

Reaping Wild Oats – Creative Strategies Employing the Concepts of Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code for Handling Distressed...

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Handling distressed agricultural loans can be very tricky. Loan balances for agricultural loans are typically smaller than nonagricultural commercial real property secured loans, requiring that they be handled extremely cost...more

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