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HTMLNOP Issues Final Guidance Concerning “Made with Organic” Claims
Riëtte van Laack; Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 19, 2014, previously published on May 15, 2014
In 2011, the National Organic Program (“NOP”) of the USDA announced the availability of a draft guidance for “Made with Organic” claims. Of the four categories of organic claims (“100% organic,” “organic,” “made with organic,” “x%...

 

HTMLClarifying “Made With Organic”
Marnie A. Jensen; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 19, 2014, previously published on May 12, 2014
“Organic” can mean many things, but above all it is a regulated labeling term. There are actually five labeling categories allowed under the USDA organic regulations (100% Organic, Organic, Made With Organic, Specific Organic Ingredients, and Livestock Feed). Many people find the...

 

HTMLHouse Bills Proposed to Amend Solid Waste Act and Promote Beneficial Use of Materials
Charles E. Barbieri; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 22, 2014
Members of the Michigan House introduced three bills, HB5400, HB5401, and HB5403, to primarily amend Michigan’s Solid Waste Act, Part 115 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) on March 11, 2014. If amended, the act would promote the use of inert, low hazard,...

 

HTMLNotable Provisions of H.B. 112
Melvin S. Drozen, Leslie T. Krasny, Eric S.C. Lindstrom, Richard F. Mann, Frederick A. Stearns; Keller and Heckman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 25, 2014
Section 3403 sets forth the GMO labeling requirements in Vermont. Foods that are produced entirely or partially with genetic engineering must be labeled as follows:

 

HTMLLitigation Corner: Which Court Does What in Federal Courts?
Liza C. Moore; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 30, 2014, previously published on April 22, 2014
The last Agricultural Law Update gave an overview of the courts created by Michigan’s Constitution and laws. The federal court system has its own courts that were created by Article III of the United States Constitution and Congress.

 

HTMLD.C. Circuit to Hear COOL Case En Banc
Riëtte van Laack; Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 11, 2014, previously published on April 8, 2014
Does the same standard that applies when regulators require label statements that “correct a deception,” such as false advertising, also apply when they require label statements for other purposes based on the interests of the government? This issue will be before the United States...

 

HTMLSeed Coatings Work in Early Spring But Don’t Plant Too Late - USDA Research Suggests
Matthew R. Grant; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 10, 2014, previously published on April 8, 2014
The Agricultural Research Service arm of the USDA recently published research conducted by one of its plant physiologists, Russ Gesch, on the subject of early planting of coated seeds. Gesch’s research confirmed what seed producers and coating resellers have claimed, “sowing seeds...

 

HTMLNew Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions Impacts Energy and Agriculture Industries
Sarah Dotson Mathews; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 2, 2014, previously published on April 01, 2014
On Friday, March 28, 2014, the White House unveiled its comprehensive, interagency strategy to reduce methane emissions as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan introduced last summer. The President’s Climate Action Plan proposed three key pillars upon which strategies would be...

 

HTMLPackaging Design and Innovation Could Ease Costs of Food Waste
Christopher W. Hamlin; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 2, 2014, previously published on March 28, 2014
According to a recent UN report, one-third (1.3 billion tons) of the world’s food is wasted each year. The report, entitled Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources, analyzes the environmental impacts of global food wastage, but also highlights the significant economic impact to...

 

HTMLSpring Brings Weight Restrictions on Michigan Roads
Dirk H. Beckwith; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 31, 2014, previously published on March 14, 2014
It may not seem possible, but spring will come to Michigan after this long, cold and snowy winter. When it does, it brings its own set of problems, particularly to Michigan roads. As the ground begins to thaw, the surface of our roads becomes unstable, buckling and heaving.

 


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