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Craig Regelbrugge September 04 2018

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Last week, the nation said goodbye to Sen. John McCain.  He was eulogized by former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, and many others at ceremoni...

Tal Coley September 04 2018

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced that it is exploring measures to provide flexibility for Hours of Service (HOS) rules. The agency issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking, asking for public comments and initiating the process to potentially modify rules now in place for drivers.
 
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Craig Regelbrugge August 22 2018

AmericanHort continues to work with Congress and our colleagues in the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance to make sure our farm bill priorities are included the nation’s next five-year farm bill that is in the works.
 
Congressional staff have been meeting during August to negotiate various provisions of the farm bill. House and Senate farm bill conferees will formally m...

Tal Coley August 21 2018

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced reorganization plans for the Economic Research Service (ERS) on August 9. The ERS, which is currently under USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics mission area, will realign with the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) under the Office of the Secretary.
 
In addition, Perdue announced that the USDA is looking to move th...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 21 2018

Spotted lanternfly, an invasive exotic insect pest first identified in Pennsylvania, was detected in New Jersey’s Warren and Mercer Counties this July, and the quarantine area in Pennsylvania expanded by an additional five counties, to a full thirteen counties. The change in Pennsylvania represents a shift to county-level rather than municipality-level regulation of the pest. Likewise, Ne...

Craig Regelbrugge August 21 2018

Holders of greenhouse and nursery plant import permits are noticing some changes as they go through the online process to renew their permits. Most notably, the USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) now requires those seeking or renewing a permit to provide botanical information for all the plant taxa they wish to import. This usually means to the genus level, althou...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 21 2018

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the EPA to remove chlorpyrifos from sale in the U.S. within sixty days. This ruling applies to all cropping systems and all products containing chlorpyrifos. Three judges reviewed the suit, known as League of United Latin American Citizens v. Wheeler, and the decision was split 2-1.
 
Chlorpyrifos, the most...

Tal Coley August 21 2018

The Senate has returned from a truncated August recess to focus on spending bills and judicial nominees. Funding the government will continue to be a key focus in Congress when the House returns in September, as the end of the government fiscal year is September 30. Congress must pass some form of a spending measure by then to keep the government running or else a shutdown will ensue.
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Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 07 2018

As the threat of emerald ash borer (EAB) continues to grow, so does the regulated area. USDA APHIS announced the latest additions to the EAB regulated area: all of Wisconsin and parts of South Dakota (all of Minnehaha County and parts of Turner and Lincoln Counties). Interstate movement of hardwood firewood, EAB-host wood and wood products, nursery stock, and green lumber waste, compost, and...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 07 2018

The EU has taken a tougher stance against plants created by new breeding technologies, which will impact breeding efforts there.

 

The European Court of Justice has ruled that plants created through gene editing, such as CRISPR-Cas9 and others, are subject to the laws restricting genetically modified organism (GMO) use. This falls in line with EU’s traditional ...

Each year, thousands of potentially preventable pesticide exposure incidents are reported that lead to sick days, lost wages and medical bills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has responded by increasing protections for the nation's two million agricultural workers and their families with changes to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard.

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