AG/FDA Blog

School Nutrition Update

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse School nutrition is front and center these days. At the USDA Outlook Conference, Secretary Vilsack proudly pointed out the many improvements USDA has made to school nutrition programs as well as other n… Read More
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USDA Ag Outlook Forum Tomorrow

Don’t miss our very own Ken Ackerman at the 2013 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum tomorrow, February 21, moderating the panel discussion on Managing Financial Risk in Agriculture. Appearing with Ken will be: Juan Garcia, Administrator, Farm Serv… Read More
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Competitive Foods Rule

On February 8, 2013, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a proposed rule entitled “Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 20… Read More
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USDA-FSIS’ “Test and Hold” Policy

On February 8, 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) policy on “Test and Hold” will go into effect. This policy requires “official establishments and importers of record to maintain… Read More
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A Victory for Farmers

USDA’s National Appeals Division Upholds Farm Service Agency’s “Finality Rule” By Kenneth D. Ackerman Recently, we at OFW Law had the chance to help two Connecticut farmers win rulings from USDA’s National Appeals Division f… Read More
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Former USDA Official Janie Hipp Joins OFW Law as Of Counsel

We are pleased to announce that Janie Hipp, Esq., formerly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”), will be joining OFW Law as Of Counsel. Hipp is a nationally recognized expert on Indian Law, with a focus on agriculture and energy polic… Read More
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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 tha… 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 is m… 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), establishment… 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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