FDA was Busy in 2013 and its Sleigh is Packed Heading into the New Year

While often rightly the subject of criticism for delay or inaction on important regulatory matters, FDA in late 2013 has been bustling.  The FDA, during the second Obama term, has been pursuing a very aggressive regulatory agenda.  In addition to t… Read More
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FNS Permanently Eliminates Grain and Protein Maximums; Allows Sugar to Process Frozen Fruit in School Nutrition Programs

According to an advance copy of the rule made public earlier today, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service will be making permanent the elimination of weekly maximums on grains and meat/meat alternates, and the allowance of processing frozen frui… Read More
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10 Ag-Related Items to Watch in 2014

By John G. Dillard, as published on his Blog – Ag in the Courtroom With 2013 nearly in the books and the holiday season nearly behind us, its time to prepare for the challenges that face us in the coming year. While I am no expert on f… Read More
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U.S. Farm Income

A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report from earlier in the month revealed that national net farm income—a key indicator of U.S. farm well-being—is forecast at a record $131 billion in 2013, up 15% from last year, and about $13 billion a… Read More
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Generic Drug User Fee Act Information Technology Plan

Today, FDA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA) Information Technology (IT) Plan.  The plan explains FDA’s approach for enhancing business processes, data quality and consi… Read More
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John Block: What’s In The Farm Bill?

The obvious issues in the farm bill are nutrition programs, crop insurance, and farm safety net supports. However, there are some important sections in the bill that could be almost as important that don’t get much attention. The first one deals wi… Read More
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John Block: Free Trade With Europe

We should get a farm bill in January. It appears that we now have a budget. That helps because now the Ag Department will know how much money the Department has to spend. Let’s keep the pressure on to get it done. The subject that I want to focus o… Read More
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Wetland Compliance: USDA’s National Appeals Division Confirms a Rule of Reason and Science

Not all “wetlands” are equal.  And while protecting these previous environmental legacies is a high priority for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), its power to penalize farmers for inadvertent wetland conversions must be tempered by reason and… Read More
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FSIS 2014 Annual Performance Plan

FSIS issued their 2014 Annual Performance Plan as a tool to document specific targets for 2014.  In reviewing the plan for FSIS, it is clear that there is one main target for this food safety regulatory agency: Salmonella. The plan contains eight … Read More
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The Budget Agreement and Some Thoughts About Next Steps

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) announced a two-year budget agreement that, in their words, “reduces the deficit—without raising taxes…it cuts spending in a smarter w… Read More
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