Archive for the 'Comment Periods' Category

Comments Sought on the Organic Livestock and Poultry Rule

On January 19, 2017, the USDA published the final rule on animal welfare standards for organic livestock and poultry in the Federal Register.  Implementation of the rule has been delayed until November, 14th 2017, and the USDA recently announced that it is asking for comments on whether to implement the rule on the planned date, suspend the rule indefinitely and possibly change or withdraw it, delay the implementation further, or withdraw it altogether. Comments are being accepted until June 9, 2017 here. Continue reading ‘Comments Sought on the Organic Livestock and Poultry Rule’

Comment Period Open on Importation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms

USDA uses science-based regulatory systems to allow for the safe development, use, and trade of products derived from new agricultural technologies. USDA continues to regulate the importation, interstate movement, and field-testing of newly developed genetically engineered (GE) organisms that qualify as “regulated articles” to ensure they do not pose a threat to plant health before they can be commercialized. These science-based evaluations facilitate the safe introduction of new agricultural production options and enhance public and international confidence in these products. As a part of this effort, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will publish a proposed rule to revise its regulations regarding the regulation of GE organisms. Submit comments by June 19, 2017. Continue reading ‘Comment Period Open on Importation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms’

National Cover Crop Survey

Calling all farmers! Whether you’ve been a longtime cover crop user, considered cover crops but haven’t yet made the leap, or have never even heard of cover crops, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program needs your input for their National Cover Crop Survey. Continue reading ‘National Cover Crop Survey’

Water Quality Town Hall Meetings

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has announced a series of Water Quality Town Hall meetings beginning in late July. The town halls will offer Minnesotans an opportunity to discuss the water quality challenges facing their communities and our state, learn from experts, and engage with policymakers. The town hall meetings build on the momentum from Governor Dayton’s “25 by 25” Water Quality goal proposal, announced earlier this year. Continue reading ‘Water Quality Town Hall Meetings’

Available for Review and Comment: Chrysanthemum Plants for Planting Pest List

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is considering removing import restrictions on chrysanthemum plants for planting. Chrysanthemums are currently regulated for Puccinia horaria, also known as chrysanthemum white rust (CWR). Submit comments by May 16, 2017. Continue reading ‘Available for Review and Comment: Chrysanthemum Plants for Planting Pest List’

Draft Pest Risk Assessment Available for Review and Comment: Importation of Asparagus from Peru

The government of Peru has requested the U.S. re-evaluate the pest risk for the importation of non-fumigated asparagus (Asparagus officinalis L.) into the continental United States. Currently, the United States authorizes the importation of asparagus for consumption from Peru, subject to fumigation treatment with methyl bromide at the port of entry. Submit comments by May 16, 2017. Continue reading ‘Draft Pest Risk Assessment Available for Review and Comment: Importation of Asparagus from Peru’

Land Owners/Land Seekers Survey

Renewing the Countryside is helpinng the Kansas Rural Center and Indiana University to gather participants for USDA SARE R&E study to learn more about land ownership patterns in the Midwest. We are looking for current farm or ranch owners, or those looking to own a farm or ranch, to fill out this 5-minute anonymous survey about future thoughts relating to their land: Survey of Farm/Ranch Owners and Seekers  Continue reading ‘Land Owners/Land Seekers Survey’