USDA Nominees Named to Deputy Positions

February 7, 2019

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has named three sub-Cabinet nominees to less-senior positions that do not require Senate confirmation, while continuing to urge their confirmation to the posts to which they were nominated. In a …

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Farm Bill Implementation

February 7, 2019

With the reopening of the federal government, USDA and other affected agencies have resumed normal operations with department officials focused on implementing the 2018 farm bill. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky is leading the …

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USDA Resumes Operations

February 7, 2019

Supply Reports With the federal shutdown over, the USDA is playing catch-up with many of its January reports and delaying some late-January and early-February reporting.  Among National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports relevant to the …

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Get Ready for an EPA Inspection Now

February 7, 2019

U.S. EPA regularly conducts compliance or enforcement inspections of large concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), including egg layer farms and ranches. Just as “by the time you need friends, it is too late to make …

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“Ag Gag” Laws Challenged in Multiple States

February 7, 2019

“Ag Gag” laws continue to be challenged and have been ruled unconstitutional in Iowa and Utah.  Idaho’s “ag security law” was also challenged and struck down, but on appeal, two key aspects of the law …

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