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consumer groups
A dozen consumer groups have banded together to work against legislation that would make it more difficult for the government to issue regulations. The groups have dubbed it the “filthy food act,” which they say will make it more difficult to keep the American food supply safe. Continue reading

pesticide rule
Changes have been made to the proposed rules for using pesticides near schools. Although the pesticide rule revisions ease implications on producers, industry leaders say they are still unneeded. Continue reading

Lemon rule
The controversial decision that may reverse a 15-year ban on Argentine lemons is tied up in the Trump administration’s regulatory hold. That hold ends soon, and according to citrus leaders, the lemon rule goes directly against the Trump administration’s stance on trade. Continue reading

immigrants
Immigrants and citizens showing support for immigrant workers have joined together today for “A Day Without Immigrants.” Continue reading

Gaetz

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz filed a bill proposing to abolish the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since 1970, the EPA has worked at the federal government level to ensure that human health and the environment are protected. However, Congressman Gaetz believes this protection can better be served by the state and by private citizens. Continue reading

Almond orchard in the Central California agricultural area
The California Farm Bureau is giving a face to California farmers by taking producers to the U.S. capital. Representatives get a personal experience, and leaders say that pays dividends when advocating for agriculture. Continue reading

usda
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to revise regulations (7 CFR Part 340) regarding the importation, interstate movement and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. The update to the regulations is in response to advances in genetic engineering and the accumulated experience in implementing the current regulations, as well as to reduce the burden on regulated entities. Continue reading

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