• Arkansas Ag Committee Discusses Fake Rice, Begins Drafting Resolution

    Dec 06, 2017
    Yesterday, Arkansas Rice Federation Executive Director Lauren Waldrip Ward testified before the Arkansas Joint Senate and House Committee on Agriculture on the industry's concern of a current food trend where vegetables are being "riced" and marketed as a "more healthy" form of rice.
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  • FDA Provides Clarification on Rice in Areas Affected by Hurricane Harvey

    Sep 14, 2017
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement this afternoon to provide much needed guidance to rice farmers whose crops are in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Under the original statement issued by FDA last week, it was unclear whether any crops in those areas would be accepted for use in human or animal food.
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  • FDA Releases New Tool to Aid FSMA Compliance

    Aug 23, 2017
    This week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a tool to assist food facilities with the development of food safety plans for compliance with regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
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  • Trump Administration Releases Updates to Regulatory Agenda

    Jul 27, 2017
    Last Thursday the Trump Administration released the fall Unified Agenda laying out the regulatory and deregulatory actions they intend to pursue in the coming year.
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  • EPA to Propose Repeal of WOTUS

    Jun 28, 2017
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced yesterday that they plan to rescind the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule of 2015 and temporarily revert back to the rule in place prior to 2015.
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  • USA Rice Attends Codex Food Safety Meeting

    Apr 12, 2017
    Last week, USA Rice staff and Dr. Steve Linscombe, of the Louisiana State University AgCenter, participated in the eleventh session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF).
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  • EPA Delays Compliance Date for New Pesticide Applicator Certification Rule

    Mar 22, 2017
    This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delayed the compliance deadline for the updated Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule from March 6 until May 22, 2017. Among other things, the new rule has stricter competency standards for those applying restricted use pesticides and establishes a minimum age for certified applicators.
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  • WOTUS Down the Drain in New Trump Executive Order

    Mar 01, 2017
    On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review the Obama administration's "Waters of the United States" rule (WOTUS), "paving the way for elimination" of the rule.
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  • Pruitt Through Committee Following Rule Suspension

    Feb 02, 2017
    Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the EPA has been advanced out of committee to the full Senate for consideration.
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  • Amidst Senate Drama, Trump EPA Designee Remains in Limbo

    Feb 01, 2017
    As decorum breaks down in the Capitol over President Trump's designees and nominees for cabinet, sub-cabinet posts, and now the Supreme Court, his pick for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, was once again, put on hold.
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