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With 2017 coming to an end, I want to take a minute to look back at many of the top legal developments impacting Maryland agriculture in the year. Many of these legal developments may seem like repeats from my 2016 update; click here to see (http://bit.ly/2ixC9s2). With those repeated issues, in many cases we have seen resolutions, and we will probably continue to see litigation further develop with a few issues in 2018. Moving into 2018, we will probably see new issues develop as a new Farm Bill debate and cycle potentially begins. If you have not already signed up for updates, see the bottom of this post or any post on this site to get email updates sent to you as new content is available.Read More
I have previously posted about the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLLP) Rule, as well as the litigation filed over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) failure to enact the rule.On November 14, 2017 USDA announced a further delay of the effective date of the rule until May 14, 2018.Read More
On September 13, 2017, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule.Read More
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposed amended organic livestock and poultry production requirements on April 7. Unlike other voluntary animal welfare labels and/or standards created and overseen by animal welfare organization or food companies, organic livestock and poultry production requirements are backed by federal law and verified by third-party inspections.Read More