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NRCS, USFWS Partner to Accelerate Conservation on Agricultural Lands for the Monarch Butterfly

The monarch butterfly is a new national priority species of Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). NRCS and USFWS recently completed a conference report that explains how conservation practices can help the eastern monarch population,…

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Farm Bureau: Food Safety Rules Challenge Farmers on Several Fronts

Equal treatment of domestic and foreign growers, the need for extensive education, training and technical assistance and agricultural water provisions are among farmers’ top concerns as they implement the Food Safety Modernization Act’s produce rules, according to Bob Ehart, senior policy and science advisor with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. Ehart…

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NASDA's American Food Fair Nears Sellout

92% of the space in NASDA’s American Food Fair Pavilion at the NRA (National Restaurant Association) Show is sold.  The American Food Fair is produced by NASDA and supported by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service through its network of international offices and the Market Access Program.The AFF Pavilion offers exhibiting U.S. food and beverage companies access to an audience of 45,000…

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United States Challenges Canadian Trade Measures That Discriminate Against U.S. Wine

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced today that the Obama Administration has launched a new trade enforcement action against Canada at the World Trade Organization (WTO).  Today’s action challenges British Columbia’s (BC) regulations that discriminate against the sale of U.S. wine in grocery stores.  These regulations appear to breach Canada’s WTO…

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National Scrapie Eradication Program 2016 Annual Report

The National Scrapie Eradication Program (NSEP) annual report for FY 2016 is now available.  The annual report is available in both PowerPoint and PDF forms. Highlights of the Report include: over 40,000 sheep and goats were tested for scrapie in FY 2016, with only 13 animals confirmed positive for classical scrapie; the last case of scrapie was reported in April 2016; and only two…

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USDA Announces Deregulation of GE Creeping Bentgrass

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the deregulation to The Scotts Company’s and Monsanto Company’s creeping bentgrass genetically engineered (GE) for resistance to the herbicide glyphosate. This notice also announces the availability of our Record of Decision (ROD) for the published Final Environmental Impact…

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EPA Proposing New Toxic Substances Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three new proposed rules on how the Agency will prioritize and evaluate chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  The final processes must be in place within the first year of the new law’s enactment, or before June 22, 2017.The three rules EPA is proposing to help administer the new process are:Inventory rule: There…

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EPA Amends Registration for Enlist Duo Herbicide to Add GE Cotton and Additional States

EPA is amending the registration to include GE cotton and expand the use to an additional 19 states for GE corn, soybean, and cotton and re-affirming its original decision before the remand.  Enlist Duo, a formula containing the choline salt of 2,4-D and glyphosate for use in controlling weeds in genetically engineered (GE) crops, was first registered in 2014 for use in GE corn and…

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EPA Releases Four Neonicotinoid Risk Assessments for Public Comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published preliminary pollinator-only risk assessments  for the neonicotinoid insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran and also an update to its preliminary risk assessment for imidacloprid, which was published in January 2016. The updated imidacloprid assessment looks at potential risks to aquatic species, and identifies some…