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Animal Agriculture Alliance Celebrates Another Successful Summit

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

It looks like Animal Agriculture Alliance had another stellar stakeholder summit held on May 3-4 in Arlington, Va. As reported on its website-...more

Napa River and Sonoma Creek Vineyard General Permit

In July 2017, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted waste discharge requirements (a “General Permit”) to regulate vineyards parcels of 5 acres or more in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds...more

California’s Compulsory Arbitration Law

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

I. Introduction. Unlike federal labor law, the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act (ALRA or Act) authorizes agricultural workers to form unions and engage in collective bargaining. If the parties cannot reach...more

Water snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Hogan Lovells Publications | Water Newsletter | 15 May 2018 Water updates from South Africa CoCT emergency desalination plant prepares to come online The City of Cape Town V&A desalination plant, feeding 2.0 megalitres of...more

Garden State Cultivates Industrial Hemp Growth

by Cole Schotz on

As the State of New Jersey continues to evaluate the expansion of current legislation related to medicinal use cannabis and the legalization of recreational cannabis, proposed legislation advancing in the New Jersey...more

Hemp Farming Act Of 2018: A Stimulus For Our Rural Economy

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 (the “Bill”) introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, would provide a much needed stimulus for the United States rural economy. Given the pending risk of a trade war looming over...more

Bayer and Monsanto Deal Gets Blessed

by Knobbe Martens on

Since May of 2016, Bayer and Monsanto have been working on a deal to combine the two giants. Based on a report released by the Wall Street Journal on Monday, April 9, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice has just given its...more

What’s the global crop outlook for 2018?

A potential landmark for U.S. soy, alongside Black Sea production records and an uncertain EU growing season are analyzed in the latest global crop outlook report from our Lanworth agriculture research team....more

House Agriculture Committee Unveils Its Draft Farm Bill 2018

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On April 12, 2018, House Agriculture Committee Chair Michael Conaway (R-TX) released the Committee’s draft Farm Bill reauthorization, the “Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018” (H.R. 2)....more

Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (i.e, "Farm Bill"): Environmental/Conservation Related Provisions

The United States House of Representatives Agriculture Committee (“Committee”) recently reported out the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (“H.R. 2”). H.R. 2 is typically denominated the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill...more

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (Newton County, Arkansas): Response to Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Motions in Arkansas...

C & H Hog Farms, Inc. (C & H) has filed responses to certain Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) motions in its appeal of the agency’s denial of a Regulation 5 permit for its sow-farrowing facility in Newton...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | April 2018 #4

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has announced new food safety recommendations for managing the risk of arsenic in rice and efforts to reduce pathogens in meat and poultry products. Following a request to...more

Food & Ag Weekly Round-Up: April 19, 2018

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

USAgNet discussed industry groups request for new beef labeling requirements. The Houston Chronicle reported on a provision in the 2018 Farm Bill that would remove certain rules on EPA pesticide review....more

Cambios al Programa Orgánico bajo el Proyecto de Ley Agrícola

by Holland & Knight LLP on

La Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos presentó los Principios Legales del Proyecto de la Ley Agrícola. El Proyecto fue lanzado la semana pasada, y en su forma actual, enmienda la autoridad de acreditación orgánica del...more

Changes to the Organic Program under the Proposed Farm Bill

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The House of Representatives released its proposed amendments to the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (more commonly referred to as the Farm Bill). The proposed Farm Bill was released last week, and in its current form,...more

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Visits with Michigan Farmers

by Varnum LLP on

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was in West Michigan in early February to meet with Michigan farmers. As reported by, he told farmers that the new Farm Bill, which will be hashed out this year before the...more

California’s Cage-Free Eggs Law Faces Supreme Court Challenge By Other States

Briefing is now complete in a lawsuit filed by more than a dozen states asking the United States Supreme Court to block a California law requiring any eggs sold within the state to come from chickens that have sufficient...more

Family Farms Threatened by Over-regulation

by Varnum LLP on

On February 7, 2018, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and recounted a long list of regulatory abuses and missteps by the federal...more

Michigan Dairy Farmer Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Hiring Illegal Immigrants

by Varnum LLP on

On January 4, 2018, dairy farmer Denis Burke was sentenced to two years in prison by U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington. Burke will have another two years of supervised release following time served. A fine of $1.38...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | April 2018#3

Agriculture Committee Introduces 2018 Farm Bill - The U.S. House of Representatives’ Agriculture Committee has introduced the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill). ...more

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

by Husch Blackwell LLP on discussed ag group efforts ahead of White House meetings on biofuels. The Kansas City Star reported on potential meetings between ag state representatives and the White House on Chinese tariffs....more

McConnell Set to Propose Legislation to Legalize Industrial Hemp

by White and Williams LLP on

United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced that he would introduce legislation that would legalize hemp as an agriculture product. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would essentially remove hemp from a list...more

C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (Newton County, Arkansas): Cross Motions for Partial Summary Judgment in Arkansas Pollution Control and...

The parties litigating the denial by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) of a Regulation 5 permit for the C&H Hog Farms, Inc. (“C&H”) before the Arkansas Pollution Control of Ecology Commission have...more

New Exemption from CERCLA Notification Requirements Re: Released Hazardous Substances

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act’s (CERCLA, also known also as Superfund) stringent hazardous substance release reporting requirements are set forth as Section 103 of Superfund. A...more

Congress Fixes “Grain Glitch” Error in 199A

by Butler Snow LLP on

On March 23, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (the “Appropriations Act”) was signed into law by President Trump. Included in the Appropriations Act were certain tax law provisions, including technical corrections to the...more

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