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  • USDA amends BCAP

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final rule amending the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) to implement changes required by the 2014 Farm Bill. BCAP provides ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • December Composting Roundup

    Houston, Texas: Composting Sites Weather Hurricane Harvey The LETCO Group LLC, which does business as Living Earth™, is a Dallas-based composting and mulch production company with 18 processing facilities that include retail yards located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth region and Houston, and 3 stand-alone retail yards. BioCycle contacted Mark Rose, president and CEO of The LETCO Group, to ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • USDA announces energy efficiency and renewable energy grants

    On April 22, 2015, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack celebrated Earth Day by announcing that USDA "is providing more than $112 million in loans and grants to help rural communities build and upgrade their water and energy infrastructure systems." The funding for the energy ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • USDA Give A Little More Background On Rancho Recall

    The United States Department of Agriculture has gone to great lengths in alerting consumers to the scope of the Rancho Feeding Corporation recall of beef, which has wide scale implications throughout the US market and some shipments overseas. The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service branch clarified previous recall notifications of the Rancho issue due to the alarmingly widespread scope of the ...


    By Adamant Valves

  • USDA now accepting applications for loan guarantees

    On July 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is accepting applications for loan guarantees up to $250 million through the Biorefinery, Renewable ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • USDA Invests In Rural Energy For America Program

    On August 7, 2015, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $63 million in loans and grants to be distributed through its Rural Energy for American Program (REAP). The $63 million is divided among 264 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects throughout the nation, in primarily rural communities. In addition to creating jobs and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Myco3 aflatoxin test kit USDA GIPSA certified part # 7000125

    The following data is for the verification of the performance of the Myco4™ Aflatoxin Test Kit for the quantitative detection of aflatoxins B1, B2, G1 and G2 in whole corn, corn meal, corn/soy meal, popcorn and sorghum. The Myco4 Aflatoxin test kit can quickly and accurately detect the harmful mycotoxin Aflatoxin in grains and feed. Aflatoxin is considered to be the most potent, ...


  • Myco3 fumonisin test kit USDA GIPSA certified part # 7000130

    The following data is for the verification of the performance of the Myco4 Fumonisin Test Kit for the quantitative detection of fumonisins B1, B2, and B3 in whole corn, corn meal and corn germ. The Myco4 Fumonisin test kit can quickly and accurately detect the harmful mycotoxin Fumonisin in grains and feed. This mold causes Fusarium Ear Rot in corn which is the most common corn disease in the ...


  • USDA issues final rule amending voluntary labeling program for biobased products

    On June 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued final amendments to the regulations concerning the Voluntary Labeling Program for Biobased Products. The rule is intended to incorporate statutory amendments to Section 9002 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act signed into law on February 2, 2014. Among other ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Ethanol and agricultural groups send USDA a letter in favor of ethanol funding

    On March 26, 2015, a group of ethanol and agricultural groups sent a letter (the industry letter) to the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies to express their strong opposition to including certain language harmful to the ethanol industry in the Fiscal Year 2016 ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • USDA announces biobased products report and changes to biobased programs

    On June 17, 2015, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the release of a report to congress that builds on the Why Biobased? report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2014. The new report, ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • USDA Announces State Finalists For Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership Grants

    On September 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the 21 state finalists for Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) grants to add infrastructure to supply more renewable fuel to drivers. The program was announced in May 2015, to increase the number of gas pumps dedicated ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Genetic assessment of a mini-core subset developed from the USDA rice genebank

    Development of core collections is an effective tool to extensively characterize large germplasm collections, and the use of a mini-core subsampling strategy further increases the effectiveness of genetic diversity analysis at detailed phenotype and molecular levels. We report the formation of a mini-core subset containing 217 entries derived from 1794 core entries representing the genetic ...

  • Theory into Practice: Implementing Ecosystem Management Objectives in the USDA Forest Service

    In the United States and around the world, scientists and practitioners have debated the definition and merits of ecosystem management as a new approach to natural resource management. While these debates continue, a growing number of organizations formally have adopted ecosystem management. However, adoption does not necessarily lead to successful implementation, and theories are not always put ...


    By Springer

  • Myco3 DON test kit USDA GIPSA certified part # 7000135

    The following data is for the verification of the performance of the Myco4™ DON Test Kit for the quantitative detection of deoxynivalenol (vomitoxin) in barley, malted barley, oats, corn and wheat. The Myco4 DON test kit can quickly and accurately detect the harmful mycotoxin DON (deoxynivalenol) in grains and feed. Due to the health concerns associated with DON, the U.S. has set advisory ...


  • USDA Announces $3.8 Million Awarded in Grants for Nano Research

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced on April 27, 2015, that it awarded more than $3.8 million in grants “focused on using nanotechnology to find solutions to societal challenges such as food security, nutrition, food safety, and environmental protection.”  The grants were made through NIFA’s Agriculture and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Two Malama Composites BioFoams Earn USDA Biobased Product Label

    On August 26, 2015, Malama Composites, Inc. (Malama) announced that its Studio BioFoam® product had earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product Label. This news was followed by a second announcement on August 27, 2015, when another ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Diversity in seed production characteristics within the USDA-ARS limnanthes alba germplasm collection

    Meadowfoam (L. alba) seeds are a source of long-chain fatty acids which are stable under diverse conditions. The fatty-acid composition makes this seed oil valuable for use in cosmetics, lubricants, rubber additives, and plastics. While a few meadowfoam cultivars have been developed, high-yielding germplasm is required for further crop improvement. The objective of this study was to evaluate ...

  • Modelling conflict using spatial voting games: an application to USDA Forest Service lands

    Conflict is an inherent component of natural resource management decisions in the USA and many other countries of the world. The diversity of potential uses creates a situation where individual preferences result in the need for compromise positions and coalition formation so that the natural resources can be managed. This paper demonstrates the contribution that cooperative and non-cooperative ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Biotechnology: White House Directs EPA, FDA, and USDA to Update the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology

    With little fanfare or advanced notice to the general public, on July 2, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Council on Environmental Quality issued ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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