Federal Engagement Opportunities

A list of upcoming opportunities to engage with or provide comment on federal rules, regulations, and grant management decisions that relate to northeast extension priorities. This is not an exhaustive list.

Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE)” proposed rule – Due October 5th

U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program Interim Final Rule – Due October 8th

  • All stakeholders are invited to provide comments, especially those who were subject to the regulatory requirements of the IFR during the 2020 production cycle.
  • Written comments should be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking portal at www.regulations.gov; docket AMS_FRDOC_0001-2107. Comments may also be sent via email to farmbill.hemp@usda.gov

Future of Consumer Food Safety Education – Due October 9th

  • GOAL: Establish a comprehensive understanding of how consumers handle and prepare food today, by reviewing recent research and forthcoming research, so as to develop the most effective approach for consumer outreach and education in the future
  • MATERIALS: Submit comments through Regulations.gov docket number FSIS-2020-0026

Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Rainfall Index Crop Insurance Program — Due November 5th

  • GOAL: β€œWe want to be sure that the recommendations RMA implements are good for the industry and good for livestock producers,” said RMA Administrator Martin Barbre. β€œWe are always looking for feedback and making adjustments to ensure that our insurance products protect producers and help them manage their risk, including lack of rainfall, and protect the integrity of the program.”
  • MATERIALS: The recommendations are published in a report available on the RMA websiteΒ for public review and comment. Comments can be submitted via email to rma.kcviri@usda.gov

Innovative Technologies and Practices for the Agriculture Innovation Agenda – Due November 9th

  • GOAL: Capture ideas for innovative technologies and practices that can be readily deployed across U.S. agriculture to meet USDA’s goal of increasing agricultural production by 40 percent to meet the needs of the global population in 2050 while cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture in half.
  • Learn more and submit your comments here.

Past 2020 Opportunities

Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program (Stakeholder Input Webinar) – September 16th @ 1:00-2:30 CT/2:00-3:30 ET