Dramatic progress was made on the 2018 Farm Bill in mid-June with the House passing its version of the bill by a vote of 213-211 and the Senate overwhelmingly passing its version right before the July 4th recess by a vote of 86-11. The differences between the two bills will now be reconciled in conference, setting up a final vote on the eventual conference report by the time the current farm bill expires on Sept. 30.
Only a few days are left for public comments on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) food labeling standard for bioengineered ingredients, which are due by July 3rd. The U.S. Canola Association (USCA) is calling for a 5 percent threshold for triggering the disclosure and calls for an exemption of this disclosure on refined foods made from bioengineered ingredients that do not contain genetic material, such as canola oil.
In the June 29 Federal Register, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service called for public comments due August 28 regarding grading standards for canola. The purpose is to determine whether current canola standards and grading practices need to be changed to remain relevant.