A comprehensive summary of today’s judicial, legislative, and regulatory developments in agriculture and food. Email important additions HERE.
REGULATORY: AMS, USDA, FWS
AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE
Final rule announcing a six-month moratorium on the enforcement of mandatory inspection requirements under the Federal marketing order for California walnuts. Info here.
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Proposed rule announcing FWS’s 90-day findings on four petitions to add species to the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants and one petition to downlist a species from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Based on its review, FWS finds that the petitions to list the American bumble bee (Bombus pensylvanicus), Long Valley speckled dace (Rhinichthys osculus ssp.), and Siuslaw hairy-necked tiger beetle (Cicindela hirticollis siuslawensis) present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned actions may be warranted. Info here.
Proposed rule announcing FWS’s findings that two species are not warranted for listing as endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. After a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial information, FWS finds that it is not warranted at this time to list Black Creek crayfish (Procambarus pictus) or hairy-peduncled beakrush (Rhynchospora crinipes). Info here.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Notice announcing that the U.S Codex Office is sponsoring a public meeting on October 21, 2021. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft the U.S. positions for the 44th Session of the of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Info here.