This issue includes:
COVID-19 ETS Unveiled for Medical Community
House Committee Tackles Transportation Issues
Infrastructure Negotiations Continue
Delaware State Update
What's Next for FDA Inspections?
Administration Focuses on Critical Supply Chains
EEOC Updates FAQs on Employer Vaccination Policies
Protecting Your Business From Ransomware
What the World Would Look Like Without Agriculture Tariffs
Exporting or Interested in Exporting to China? Take Note!
AFIA's CEO Takes Stage at European Forum
New Communications Resources Available on UNFSS
Apply for the "Buyers to PISC" Scholarship
On Sept. 3, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced its National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP). U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Elaine L. Chao, as well as DOT modal administrators made the announcement on an industry webcast. A recording of the webcast can be viewed here.
In early June, the American Feed Industry Association joined the major poultry associations in submitting comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on its proposed changes to the Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for Industrial Stormwater. The proposal, which resulted from litigation and a settlement with environmental groups, would affect many U.S. manufacturing sectors as well as livestock feed and pet food operations that receive permits for discharging stormwater.
The American Feed Industry Association commends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for issuing its final rule on changes to driver hours-of-service regulations. The rule change aimed to increase safety on roadways by giving commercial drivers more flexibility while maintaining safe limits on driving time. AFIA believes the final rule accomplished this goal and will benefit our industry.
Last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) declared that the COVID-19 public health emergency continues to warrant an extension of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002. This declaration provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations that are providing direct assistance in support of COVID-19 emergency relief efforts, including transportation to meet the immediate needs for several high-demand products, such as food, paper products and other groceries, for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.
Late Thursday, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed a revised rule expanding overtime eligibility to 1.1 million additional workers in the American workforce. The revised regulation comes several years after a federal judge blocked implementation of a regulation under outgoing President Barack Obama that would have covered an additional 4.2 million workers.
Earlier this month, the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) launched an online toolkit to provide guidance to the animal food industry on implementing the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.
On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers announced their new "waters of the U.S." proposal at an event that attracted dozens of farmers and industry leaders who have long-sought straightforward definitions that allow farmers to more clearly decide how to operate on their lands.
This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency addressed a long-standing concern of the livestock and poultry industries related to air emissions reporting and received praise from trade associations and members of Congress alike.
Next week is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Safe + Sound Week, intended to raise awareness and understanding of safety and health programs. The American Feed Industry Association will be promoting safety in the feed industry on social media throughout the week. Be sure to follow along on AFIA's Facebook and Twitter and use the hashtag #SafeAndSound2018.
On May 31, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released regulatory guidance that clarifies when the agricultural commodity exception is applicable in the hours of service (HOS) regulations in 49 CFR Part 395.
If you are a manufacturing facility with shippers that drop-off, pick-up or transport products within the state of New Jersey, you may want to pay attention to this alert. The New Jersey Division of Taxation is cracking down on truckers that transport goods in the Garden State that are not registered to pay the state's corporate business tax.