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HTMLAmended COOL Regulations Constitutionally Uncool
Riëtte van Laack; Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 24, 2013, previously published on July 22, 2013
In a lawsuit filed in federal court, meat industry representatives have challenged the constitutionality of Country of Origin Labeling (“COOL”) regulations as amended by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (“AMS”) in May of 2013. To understand the origin of the...


HTMLFarming Solar Rays: County Decision to Approve Industrial-Scale Solar on Williamson Act Lands OK'd
Jeffrey W. Forrest, Kurt Siegal; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 16, 2013, previously published on July 11, 2013
In Save Panoche Valley et al. v. San Benito County, the Sixth District Court of Appeal held that San Benito County had not violated the Williamson Act or the California Environmental Quality Act when it approved construction of a 420-megawatt solar project on land designated as “agricultural...


HTMLIncreased Regulatory Burdens for the Use of Aquatic Pesticides
Megan R. Galey, Carlota Hopinks-Baul, Robert F. Wilkinson; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 11, 2013, previously published on July 8, 2013
On June 27, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that removed the exemption for pesticide applications near U.S. waters from the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements in accordance with the U.S. Court of Appeals’ decision in...


HTMLAttention Livestock Dealers: Understand the New Dealer Law
Julie I. Fershtman; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 4, 2013, previously published on June 2013
On October 1, 2012, a new Michigan law went into affect that has implications for certain people or businesses who engage in selling livestock in Michigan. The law, Public Act 317, was designed to control the spread of infectious diseases of livestock and animals in Michigan. It now requires those...


HTMLNew Agricultural Guestworker Act Proposed in House
Ryan E. Lamb; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 4, 2013, previously published on June 2013
The Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act) of 2013 (H. R. 1773), a bill to provide American farmers with a revised temporary guestworker program, was introduced into the House of Representatives in late April.


HTMLPresident Obama Issues a Memorandum Encouraging Development of the U.S. Electric Transmission Grid
Peter S. Glaser, Kevin C. Greene, Daniel L. Larcamp, Clifford S. Sikora, Lara L. Skidmore; Troutman Sanders LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 19, 2013, previously published on June 17, 2013
On June 7, 2013, President Obama issued a memorandum titled “Transforming our Nation’s Electric Grid Through Improved Siting, Permitting and Review.” The memo directs the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, and the Interior (collectively the...


HTMLFarm Bill to Move in the House Next Week
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
June 19, 2013, previously published on June 14, 2013
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) said on Thursday he believes the farm bill will come up on the House floor next week and be finished in two days-assuming the whip count shows that he and ranking member Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) are close to the 218 votes they need for...


HTMLMonsanto Avoids Declaratory Judgment Action Brought by Organic Farmers
Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 14, 2013, previously published on June 13, 2013
In Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association v. Monsanto Co., the Federal Circuit dismissed the plaintiffs’ declaratory judgment action against Monsanto, but in so doing held that Monsanto would be judicially estopped from asserting its patents against these farmers for inadvertent...


HTMLProject Finance and USDA Rural Utilities Service - Request for Comments
Bryan Stockton; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 7, 2013, previously published on June 6, 2013
On June 5, Acting Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien announced publication of an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) requesting public comment on expanding renewable energy and project financing programs under the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). The RUS...


HTMLCan Our Association Do That? FCA Adopts New Rule for Farm Credit Subsidiaries
Patrick F. Brown, David Gossett; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
June 5, 2013, previously published on May 29, 2013
The Farm Credit Administration has adopted a new final rule governing the ownership and use of unincorporated business entities (UBEs) by Farm Credit System institutions. It applies to investments by System institutions in limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability...


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