January Food and Agriculture Regulatory Recap

OFW’s Food & Agriculture team regularly monitors announcements and policy issuances from FDA, USDA, and other agencies to keep our clients apprised of regulatory developments that may impact their business. Here are a few of the developments from January that we took note of. If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • USDA continued to work into 2022 on initiatives that it believes will result in a more competitive and resilient meat and poultry supply chain amidst supply chain problems due, in part, to COVID-19. This is a priority for the Biden-Harris Administration. This includes a recent announcement that USDA will be dedicating $1 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds towards the expansion of independent processing capacity.
  • USDA Secretary Vilsack and the Biden Administration renewed the general initiative towards climate-smart agriculture. Along with highlighting key 2021 accomplishments for creating a better market and expanding climate-smart agriculture, USDA’s Natural Resource Conversation Service (NRCS) announced several new and expanded opportunities, including national availability of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Conservation Incentive Contracts option, a new and streamlined EQIP Cover Crop Initiative, and added flexibilities for producers to easily re-enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). 



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