Lawline Presentation on the Veterinary Feed Directive

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I gave a presentation a few weeks ago on the Veterinary Feed Directive via Lawline. You can listen to the video below; however, if you would like to get a copy of my presentation materials (and get CLE credits for you lawyers!) then please register with Lawline here. I break this presentation into 2 parts:  (1) I review the background …

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What Livestock Producers Should Know About the Veterinary Feed Directive

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In June 2015, the Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) promulgated the second Veterinary Feed Directive (“VFD”) affecting livestock producers that use medicated feed and water. The final rule became effective in October 2015 transitioning Over-the-Counter (“OTC”) drugs to be VFD through January 1, 2017. This requires veterinarians to have a Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship (“VCPR”) and use a VFD to prescribe the …

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My Lawline Presentation on Embryo Transfer Contracts for Livestock Producers

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The above is the video recording of my Lawline presentation on “Drafting Embryo Transfer Contracts for Livestock Producers.”  The outline for the presentation is here.  You can watch the video above; however, if you want Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) credit then you need to watch the program directly from Lawline here.  The powerpoint slides that go along with this presentation …

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Laws Regulating Antibiotics in Livestock

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I am presenting tonight at the Association of the Bar for the City of New York on the laws regulating antibiotics in livestock used for meat and dairy before the Animal Law and Health Law Committees.  During my presentation, I will also discuss the positions of stakeholders in the industry such as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Producers, …

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Food Law Webinar on Genetically Engineered Animals

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Food Seminars International (“FSI”) will be having a 90 min. food law webinar on September 5, 2012 at 2pm ET on Genetically Engineered (“GE”) Animals. Dr. Alison L. Van Eenennaam from UC Davis will be presenting on the following issues: (1) Current status of research and development in GE animals; (2)  Regulation of GE animals in the United States (including …

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Upcoming CLE on “Counseling the Local Food Movement”

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As I noted in this blog, I’m very excited to announce that the American Bar Association’s (“ABA”) General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division’s Agriculture Law Committee will be hosting a CLE webinar on Thursday, May 10, 2012 titled “Counseling the Local Food Movement:  What a Practitioner Should Know.”  This is a very substantive CLE that will be two hours. …

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“The Times They Are A Changin'” – But Is Your Employee Handbook Keeping Up?

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In the words of Bob Dylan, “the times they are a changin.’”  But I wonder if farms, ranches and agri-businesses are keeping up with the changing times.  I recently read Don Tyler’s article in this month’s issue of the Feedlot magazine titled “Are Activists Courting Your Employees?” Let’s face reality — livestock operations should be concerned of the possibility that animal …

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Proposed Rule for Animal Disease Traceability

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Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (“APHIS”) issued the long-awaited proposed rule on Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate. The new proposed system will replace the National Animal Identification System (“NAIS”) and will be primarily managed at the state level.  The USDA is currently seeking comments on the proposed rule for Animal Disease Traceability. …

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“Goodnight Irene”

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“Good night Irene Good night…”  I have fond memories from my days at Texas A & M University–that classic song plays every time the Dixie Chicken on North Gate in College Station closes down for the evening (you can watch Willie Nelson’s version here) to let everyone know to stop playing 42 and go home for the night. I decided …

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ABA Agriculture Law Subcommittees

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As I noted in this previous post, I am the new Chair of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), General Practice, Solo and Small Firm’s Division, Agriculture Law Committee.  You can join the Committee and the Discussion List here.  I have restructured the subcommittees as follows: 1. Ag ADR: mediation, arbitration 2. Ag Estate/Succession Planning, Family Law, and Taxation: estate planning,succession …

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What Is The Animal Cruelty Law In Your State?

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This weekend I discovered that the National Agriculture Law Center has a helpful state-by-state analysis of animal cruelty laws in the United States.  Even though there are several federal statutes that regulate this issue, animal cruelty statutes vary significantly from state-to-state.  It is interesting to pull up the statutes in various states and run a comparison. Though the National Agriculture …

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Information on the Existing Voluntary National Animal Identification System

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I know that it has been a while since the agriculture community has talked about the National Animal Identification System (“NAIS”).  As most of my readers know, the program is managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (“APHIS”) and participation is currently voluntary.  The U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) expressed concern over NAIS.  In February …

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