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Definition of what constitutes a farm, in order to draw a clearer line between farms that are covered by the new facility rule and farms that are not. We will be looking closely to the final rule once published to determine whether FDA followed the letter and the spirit of the law on this issue, among others. NSAC applauds the Senator for this letter, and for speaking out on this issue. (more…)

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In the letter, the Senator reminded FDA of the clear statutory language and the intent behind it to avoid placing additional pressures and costs on small farms. Costs and administrative burdens on small and very small farms and food enterprises subject to these rules. Definition of what constitutes a farm, in order to draw a clearer line between farms that are covered by the new facility rule and farms that are not. (more…)

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Like the settlers that fanned across the plains during westward expansion, pioneer riparian trees like cottonwoods and willows are particularly hardy and well suited to the unpredictable life of a changing river.

Due in part to their fast growth and large size, these pioneer tree species provide important structure and function, for example, in food web dynamics, nutrient cycling, erosion control, and as a habitat for fish (as trees and branches fall into the river) and wildlife. (more…)