AG/FDA Blog

Interstate Structure to Oversee and Regulate Medical Marijuana

There is a need for an interstate structure to provide coordination and regulatory oversight of medical marijuana (cannabis) use in the 23 states that have approved its use by either referendum or legislation. Five jurisdictions — Colorado, Was… Read More
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GMO Regulatory Reform: The Way Forward

As we detailed in an earlier blog post, the White House issued a July 2nd executive memorandum on “Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products.” The memo directs the relevant federal agencies – FDA, USDA, and EPA – to update… Read More
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New EPA Worker Protection Standard for Farmworkers

On September 28, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an advance publication of its revisions to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) for farmworkers. The revised WPS imposes new requirements for farm owners to protect workers against the… Read More
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EPA Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule Begins Circulating: Proposal Applies To Dietary Supplements, 503B Outsourcing Facilities, And Any OTC Retailers

On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that its Administrator signed the proposed rule: Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule. The announcement and EPA blog post are here. The summary of the pre-public… Read More
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John Block: EPA Overreach

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block There they go again. The EPA has threatened to impose a fine of $37,500 per day on farmer Andy Johnson of Fort Bridger, Wyoming. Mr. Johnson’s offense is that he built a pond for his horses and cattle on his e… Read More
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The White House Announces Plans to Update the U.S. Regulatory Framework for Biotechnology

On July 2nd, the White House issued an executive memorandum on “Modernizing the Regulatory System for Biotechnology Products.” The modernization effort will apply to “biotechnology products” defined as “products developed through genetic en… Read More
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Spotlight on Compliance of Wood Products

By Elliot Belilos In the wake of the recent 60 Minutes piece that highlighted alleged elevated formaldehyde in the Chinese-made wood flooring imported by Lumber Liquidators, all manufacturers and importers of consumer products containing compressed w… Read More
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No Horsing Around – Nevada Federal Judge Dismisses Burro Suit Against Interior Dept.

The serious environmental problems caused by unchecked wild horse populations on western rangelands are well known to state and local governments, Native American tribes, ranchers and farmers. Efforts, however, to prompt the U.S. Department of Interi… Read More
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114th Congress – What to Expect in Ag and Food

As the 114th Congress begins in earnest, there is rough sledding ahead this winter over the gulf between the governing philosophies of the President and the new Congress. Not to belabor the obvious, but early indications are that Republican victories… Read More
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10 Things to Watch in 2015

2014 was certainly an interesting year to be involved in agriculture. We got to see supply and demand in full effect. Good weather sent grain prices tumbling while continuing tight supplies have kept cattle prices soaring. The Republicans made strong… Read More
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