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|Russia Retaliates Against Sanctions by Blocking U.S. Agricultural Imports|
Cortney O'Toole Morgan, Linda K. Tiller; Husch Blackwell LLP;
August 11, 2014, previously published on August 7, 2014On August 6, 2014, President Vladimir Putin signed an “Executive Order On Applying Certain Special Economic Measures to Ensure the Security of the Russian Federation.” The order places restrictions on food and agricultural imports into Russia from countries that have imposed sanctions...
|Creating Conditions for Budget Revenue Increase and Tax Fairness|
Dentons Canada LLP;
July 31, 2014, previously published on July 23, 2014 The draft “Law on Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine and Some Other Legislative Acts of Ukraine” was registered by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 22 July 2014 under number 4309¿.
|More Time to Comment on Expansive EPA Clean Water Proposed Rules: Deadline Extended|
Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
July 25, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014In April 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency published a proposed rule defining the “waters of the United States,” meaning the waters regulated by the government through the Clean Water Act (CWA). As has been widely reported in the farm media, many people have serious concerns...
|USDA Orders Reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus|
Todd W. Hoppe, Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
July 25, 2014, previously published on July 18, 2014Over 7 million pigs have died from the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) since May 2013. The infected pigs come from farms of all sizes in 30 states and four Canadian Provinces. While the virus doesn’t affect humans or the safety of pork products, it is a matter of great concern to pork...
|Job Training Reform Bill Clears Congress; President’s Approval Expected This Week|
Charles D. "Chip" Nottingham; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 22, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014 Employers in sectors such as manufacturing, energy and agriculture faced with significant shortages of skilled labor, received a major boost from Congress last week. The long-awaited job training program reform bill “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act” received bipartisan...
|Clean Air Act Does Not Require EPA to Regulate Emissions From Animal Feeding Operations|
Julian Harrell; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
July 19, 2014, previously published on July 17, 2014Animal feeding operations (“AFOs”), which include confined animal feeding operations (“CAFOs”), emit a host of chemicals into the air, including ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds (“AFO emissions”). Air emissions studies...
|USDA to Fund Electric System Improvements in Rural Areas|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 16, 2014The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will invest more than $250 million in loan proceeds to help improve the reliability of electric systems in rural areas in eight states. A portion of the funds will be used to modernize the systems with smart grid improvements.
|New FDA Current Good Manufacturing Processes Rule Expected for Animal Food Manufacturers|
Diane J. Romza-Kutz, Fredric E. Roth; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 3, 2014As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed in March of 2011, the FDA was given a mandate to update its regulations to create a new set of regulations/rules that enables it to prevent the introduction of adulterated food into the human and animal food supply in the U.S., as opposed...
|The Food Fight Continues: POM Wonderful’s Lanham Act Claim Not Barred by Food Labeling Regulations|
Michael R. Annis, Christopher M. Bikus, Megan R. Galey; Husch Blackwell LLP;
June 26, 2014, previously published on June 17, 2014Last Thursday (June 19), the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided that the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) does not preclude POM Wonderful’s deceptive labeling claims under the Lanham Act against Coca-Cola. POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co., No. 12-761, slip op. at...
|United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Dismissed Plaintiffs’ Claims for Lack of Article III Standing and Failure to Demonstrate General Causation|
Sarah M. Grago; Semmes Bowen Semmes A Professional Corporation;
June 25, 2014, previously published on June 2014In Venancio Aguasanta Arias v. Dyncorp, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed all but one of the prior judgments rendered by the District Court. Appellants consist of a group of Ecuadorian provinces and individual farmers who alleged personal injury and...