RMA Should Change the Rules on Its Ineligible List

By Kenneth D. Ackerman The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Appeals Division (NAD) is a great forum for farmers who have disputes with USDA agencies, and want to address them quickly and inexpensively. I often advise farmers t… Read More
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Is Standardized Device Labeling On The Way?

Changes could be coming for medical device labeling regulations.  On January 7, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced in the Federal Register a public workshop and solicitation of comments concerning “Accessible Standardized… Read More
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On January 4, 2013, the second anniversary of the enactment of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two important proposed rules to implement the new law.  After such a long detour at the Whi… Read More
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More Budget Cliffs – Get Ready for Weeks of Bungee Jumping

The fiscal cliff is behind us, or over us, depending on your point of view.  But with deadlines looming for extension of the debt limit, for avoiding the across-the-board cuts required by sequestration, and the need to extend the Continuing Resoluti… Read More
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Are These Substances “Natural?” Class Action Lawsuits Target Specific Ingredients

Consumer class action cases challenging “All Natural” or “100% Natural” claims on food labels are popping up about as fast as dandelions in springtime.  Such cases are typically brought under state consumer protection laws prohibiting, inter… Read More
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2012 in the Rear View Mirror

Now that that the Christmas stockings, Hanukkah menorahs and Kwanzaa harvest symbols have been put away until year end, and resolutions for 2013 have been written (and hopefully not broken yet!), it’s time for a little reflection.  What follows i… Read More
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Talking Agriculture to Democrats

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse Look at a map of the 2012 election results by county and you quickly see the urban-rural divide in America. The vast swath of the heartland, much of the West and most of the South are red, while the u… Read More
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A Reality Check for Organic Food Dreamers

Modern farming methods offer the best hope to feed the world’s billions By John R. Block I grew up on a farm in Knox County, Ill., and I still farm the family land. We grow corn, soybeans and wheat, and we raise hogs. A generation ago, we lost… Read More
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What Should an Establishment Consider in Controlling Pathogenic STECs?

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) begins to conduct Food Safety Assessments (FSA) at beef slaughter establishments to verify controls for Pathogenic Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli (STEC), establishme… Read More
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GIPSA Investigation of Lamb Industry Could Be Tip of Iceberg

In October, at the request of a trade association representing sheep producers, eight Senators sent a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture requesting that the USDA’s Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) investigate a rec… Read More
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