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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

Rural Prosperity Task Force Presents Findings To President Trump

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On January 8, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue presented to President Donald Trump the findings of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. The Task Force was established in 2017...more

Trump Administration: 2017 Recap and 2018 Outlook

On January 20, 2017, businessman Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States following a contentious and unconventional 2016 presidential election. Republicans also successfully maintained control...more

Ag-Gag Law Update

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On June 22, 2017, September 15, 2017 and October 12, 2017, we blogged about so-called ag-gag laws, laws designed to prevent investigative journalism about producers of food. These laws raise serious First Amendment questions...more

NAFTA Renegotiations and Agriculture

by Cozen O'Connor on

On January 8, 2018, President Donald Trump spoke at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual conference. During his speech, President Trump said his administration is working on negotiating a good deal for farmers in the...more

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

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Food Safety News discussed new FDA FSMA guidance. - BioPortfolio discussed the Soulfull Project’s efforts to combat food insecurity....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

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Agriculture Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

USDA Issues Annual Agricultural Biotechnology Report for China

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On December 29, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS) issued its annual report on the status of agricultural biotechnology in China. According to the new report, which...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | December 2017 #3

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Proposition 65 - After California voters approved the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Prop. 65), the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) began publishing a list of...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

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

New Law Phases In Overtime Increases for Agricultural Workers

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Beginning on January 1, 2019, Assembly Bill 1066 phases in overtime for agricultural workers over a four year period, ultimately making these workers eligible for overtime pay at one and one-half (1-½) times their regular...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

Employers, Take Notice: New Employment Laws May Affect Your Business

by Buchalter on

Year after year, the California Legislature and the Governor implement new employment laws that place additional requirements on employers throughout the state. The employment laws that become effective on January 1, 2018...more

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

by Dechert LLP on

The EU and Japan have reached agreement on “the biggest bilateral trade agreement ever negotiated by the European Union”, covering a combined market of over 600m people and 30% of global GDP....more

With Mugabe's Departure, Should Foreign Investors Reconsider Zimbabwe?

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In November 2017, Robert Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe had known in 37 years, was ousted from power. The Development: Will this change in leadership usher in a new era of good governance and economic...more

State Seeks to Avoid TB ‘Nuclear Option’

by Varnum LLP on

According to the Michigan Ag Connection and Michigan Farm News, Michigan livestock farmers are closely monitoring current discussions between Michigan and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) concerning ongoing efforts...more

Home On The Grange

by Allen Matkins on

As a child, I was always puzzled when I saw a Grange Hall. Was Grange a misspelling of “range”? If not, what was a “grange”? Only later did I learn that “grange” was derived from the Latin word, granum, meaning a seed. ...more

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Take Three: A Methods-Based Review of the Senate’s Initial Draft of Tax Reform Legislation

On November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee released a draft of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the House proposal). On November 9, Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) released a summary of the...more

One step closer to new rules on organic farming

by Hogan Lovells on

After three years of negotiations, the European Union is nearing the end of a long process to simplify and harmonise the rules for organic food production and the labelling of organic products. ...more

More Coffee Please: CBP Rules That Coffee’s Country Of Origin Is Determined By Where Beans Are Roasted — Not Where Raw Beans...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: U.S. Customs & Border Protection recently issued a Final Determination that the coffee roasting process “substantially transforms” raw coffee for purposes of country-of-origin determinations and U.S....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, Featuring Topics on Broker/Dealer, Derivatives, CFTC and UK/EU Developments

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Releases New Targeted Exam Letter Regarding Order Routing Conflicts - On November 10, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released the contents of a new Order Routing Conflicts targeted...more

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