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USDA Announces Public Meetings and Request for Comments on National Organic Standards

On January 17, 2018, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced public meetings of the National Organic Standards Board, and a request for comments on the board’s agenda items including development of organic standards, substances petitioned for addition or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, and guidance on organic policies. In addition to accepting written comments, AMS will also hold two webinars on April 17 and 19, 2018 and in-person meetings on April 25 and 26, 2018.

Advocacy Appoints Joe Knilans to Serve as Advocate for Rural Affairs


Advocacy Appoints Joe Knilans to Serve as Advocate for Rural Affairs


USDA Releases Report from Rural Prosperity Task Force, Continues to Accept Comments on Existing Rules

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force report on January 8, 2018. The findings outline legislative, regulatory, and policy issues surrounding five indicators including: E-Connectivity, Quality of Life, Rural Workforce, Technology, and Economic Development. The full report is available here.

DOI Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement seeks comments on its Proposed Rule to Amend Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems

On December 29, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) published a proposed rule to amend safety requirements under Subpart H of Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf. Specific revisions include but are not limited to clarifying failure reporting requirements, clarifying requirements for Class 1 vessels, and revising requirements for safety and pollution prevention equipment (SPPE). Comments are due by January 29, 2018.

USDA Forest Service seeks comments on its National Environmental Policy Act Procedure

On January 3, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (FS) published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments on its current National Environmental Policy Act procedures. The FS is seeking comments on ways to increase efficiency of environmental analyses. Specifically, the FS is asking for comments on processes and requirements that can be modified, approaches to landscape-scale analysis, classes of actions that are unlikely, and ways to enhance coordination with other federal agencies. Comments are due by February 2, 2018.

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