Federal rules for disclosing biotech food ingredients officially start taking effect Wednesday, but manufacturers and retailers don’t have enough information yet from USDA on how to comply with the regulations, say industry officials.
Farmers nationwide could be forced sometime soon to start ensuring the eligibility of all new employees using the federal E-Verify system, which current agricultural users say is so flawed that many undocumented applicants can easily get around.
Farmers, who were unable to get into their soggy fields to plant corn due to record rainfall this spring, are not only faced with bags of seed they can't use, they are also looking for warm season cover crop seeds which may be difficult to find.
Agricultural sources often get blamed for polluting waterways, but this spring's flooding prompted several Midwestern cities and other sources to discharge a "witch’s brew" of pollutants into rivers and streams.
The delay in passing and implementing the 2018 farm bill has left hemp producers and state departments of agriculture dealing with a world of uncertainty regarding everything from importing seed to providing guidance to law enforcement about how to regulate the transportation of hemp across state lines.