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This blog provides a comprehensive news, research, and information resource on agricultural and food law for the nation’s agricultural community. 

It is provided as a partnership of The National Agricultural Law Center, the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information, and the American Agricultural Law Association, the only national professional organization focusing on the legal needs of the agricultural community.  Located in Fayetteville, Arkansas the National Agricultural Law Center serves the nation's agricultural community and is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.  In addition, the Center leads the eXtension Community of Practice for Agricultural and Food Law.

USDA Requesting Carcass Beef Grades Comments

Posted August 27, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking public comments on revising the United States Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef.

USDA is requesting comments on the beef yield grade standard and carcass maturity as well as other topics. The current standards do not adequately reflect the genetic and production changes that have taken place in the cattle population since 1965 when a cutability or yield grade standard was first adopted.

Comments are accepted until November 13, 2014.

The Federal Register is available here.

EPA Establish Sweet Orange Peel Tincture Tolerance Exemption

 Posted August 27, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of sweet orange peel tincture when used as an inert ingredient, not exceeding 10% (weight/weight), in pesticide formulations to act as a surfactant, fragrance, and adjuvant on all pre- and post-harvest food commodities.

This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of sweet orange peel tincture.

The regulation went into effect August 15, 2014. Objections and requests for hearing must be received by October 14, 2014.

The Federal Register is available here.

USTR Seeking Comments for Annual Report

Posted August 27, 2014

The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) will convene a public hearing to seek public comment to assist the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

The comments will help the USTR prepare their annual report to the Congress on China's compliance with the commitments made in connection with its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Comments are accepted until September 17, 2014. Parties wishing to testify are also to submit notification of their intention and summary of testimony by Sept. 17.

A hearing will be held on October 1, 2014 in Washington, DC.

The Federal Register is available here.

EPA Ordered Registration of Certain Pesticides

Posted August 26, 2014

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered, pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), that the registrations of pesticide products containing iprodione, pendimethalin, and permethrin be amended to terminate certain uses.

Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.

The amendments went into effect August 13, 2014.

The Federal Register is available here.

AMS Adjusted Representation on Cattlemen Board

Posted August 26, 2014

The Agricultural Marketing Service adjusted representation on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985.

The adjustments reflect changes in cattle inventories and cattle and beef imports that have occurred since the most recent Board reapportionment rule became effective in July 2011.

The rule went into effect August 13, 2014.

The Federal Register is available here.

FSIS Released Updated Guidance Reducing Shiga in Shedding Cattle

Posted August 26, 2014

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced the availability of its updated guidance document on pre-harvest management controls and intervention options for reducing Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) shedding in cattle.

Also, this notice summarizes and responds to comments received on the guidance document and on the pre-harvest management issues that FSIS raised in a previous Federal Register notice and public meeting.

Written comments may be submitted until 30 days after Aug. 12.

The Federal Register is available here.