Coalition efforts continue to push back against sprinkler mandate
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by Paul Montgomery
1w ago
At the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Technical Meeting last month, NFPA adopted a revised standard for animal operations (NFPA 150) that would require the installation of sprinkler systems in animal houses of specific sizes. In March 2024, UEP, National Pork Producers Council, US Poultry & Egg Association, the American Horse Council and insurance professionals engaged in the NFPA Standard Development process to speak to the harm such a requirement would cause the livestock industry. Each agricultural organization filed Notices of Intent to Make a Motion (NITNAMs) with NFPA ..read more
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OMB reviewing labeling documents
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by Paul Montgomery
1M ago
The Office of Management and Budget is reviewing two regulatory documents that could affect how labeling rules apply to products that compete with animal-based foods, including eggs. One is a proposed rule from the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) entitled “Labeling of Meat and Poultry Products Made Using Animal Cell Culture Technology.” FSIS and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) share jurisdiction over cell-cultured products¸ with the USDA agency responsible from “harvest” onward. FSIS says it “has determined that new regulatory requirements for labeling are necessary to ensure ..read more
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UEP participates in Animal Agriculture Water Quality Subcommittee meeting
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by Paul Montgomery
1M ago
On November 16, 2023, EPA published a request for nominations to the Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee’s (FRRCC) new Animal Agriculture and Water Quality (AAWQ) Subcommittee. The formation of this subcommittee is the result of EPA’s denial of the environmental groups’ petitions seeking additional regulation. The Subcommittee effort will run on a parallel path to updates to the related Effluent Limitation Guidelines.  On April 30, 2024, EPA announced the AAWQ Subcommittee appointees. The slate of participants included Rebecca Eifert Joniskan, who was chosen to repre ..read more
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UEP members visit with EPA staff on priority environmental issues
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by Paul Montgomery
1M ago
While in Washington, UEP’s Environment and Sustainability Committee members and staff met with EPA on priority environmental issues facing the egg industry. EPA was represented in the meeting by the Agricultural Advisor, career staff, and career staff from the Office of Air & Radiation, Office of Water, and Office of Pesticide Programs. Regarding the National Air Emissions Monitoring Study, EPA staff shared that the draft Emissions Estimation Methods are expected to be released for public comment in the next month or so. This will be followed by the release of draft guidance in the later ..read more
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UEP Members come together during Legislative Board and Committee Meetings
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by Paul Montgomery
1M ago
During last week’s UEP Legislative Board and Committee Meetings, attendees heard from United States Representative Randy Feenstra and United States Senator John Boozman before visiting other Senators and members of Congress on the Hill. The week’s agenda began with a review of UEP’s position papers, led by UEP consultants Randy Green and Louie Perry. The 2024 topics focused on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), clarifying egg prices and imitation egg products.   During the Government Relations Committee Briefing, chaired by Matt Dean, Representative Randy Feenstra (R ..read more
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New rule may boost eggs in schools
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by Paul Montgomery
2M ago
New regulations to align school meals with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans may help schools offer more eggs and other meat alternates at breakfast. The regulation, announced by the Food and Nutrition Service April 24, makes major changes to the menu rules for school lunches and breakfasts, including lower sodium limits and new limits on added sugars. Additionally, the rule will give schools more flexibility to offer “meats/meat alternates” – a category that includes eggs – at breakfast. Schools are allowed but not required to offer these foods at breakfast. Under current regulations, sch ..read more
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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission releases Climate-Disclosure Rule and faces immediate legal challenges
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by Paul Montgomery
4M ago
On March 6, 2024, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its final rule requiring large corporations to disclose their carbon footprint but excluded the controversial mandate to track Scope 3 emissions, which refers to greenhouse gas emissions in supply chains. Instead, the final rule will require most businesses to track Scope 1 and 2 emissions, which include emissions produced by companies and associated with energy consumption. The rules had been the focus of two years of intense lobbying from corporations and Republicans who said the SEC was reaching beyond its authority ..read more
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UEP meets with key FDA official
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by Paul Montgomery
4M ago
UEP staff held an introductory meeting with Jim Jones, the new Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the Food and Drug Administration. Jones is engaged in a major reorganization of FDA’s human foods programs, which came under criticism in an outside study by the Reagan-Udall Foundation. In contrast to recent practice, Jones reports directly to FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, reflecting his authority within the agency. UEP expressed support for the FDA’s Egg Safety Rule, which has successfully reduced Salmonella Enteritidis in the egg sector. UEP also noted the need for more clarity and guidance ..read more
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FSIS finalizes U.S. origin rule
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by Paul Montgomery
4M ago
The Food Safety and Inspection Service finalized a regulation that sets out conditions for making voluntary “Product of USA” claims for meat, poultry and egg products. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the final rule at the National Farmers Union’s annual meeting, calling the regulation “a vital step toward consumer protection.” The regulation has already generated some pushback from the government of Mexico. Most of the controversy surrounds claims for beef, but the general principles apply to claims like “Made in the USA” or “Product of USA” appearing on processed egg products a ..read more
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First case of HPAI detected in domestic livestock
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by Paul Montgomery
4M ago
HPAI detections continue to trickle in as vernal migration ramps up, with waterfowl moving to summer locations to give birth and raise offspring. Producers should evaluate overall biosecurity implementation on their farms in preparation for the coming migration as temperatures begin to warm across the country. Since February 2022, 80.02M birds have been affected, with HPAI detected on 1,113 flocks. Of those, 473 are commercial and 640 are backyard flocks. Wild bird detections continue to trickle up, with a total of 9,181. Notably, the most recent detection was of neonatal goat kids on a farm ..read more
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