Public Meetings, Congressional Hearings, Calls for Comments

WASHINGTON UPDATE

There were MANY significant events occurring in Washington DC this week that involved agriculture.  First and foremost was the adoption of the House and Senate Budget Resolutions.  Both resolutions would put debt on a downward path by making large spending cuts.  For example, the Senate Resolution contains more than $5 trillion in deficit reduction over 10 years without increasing taxes, resulting in a $3 billion surplus in the 10th year.   The Administration's budget by comparison contains about $2 trillion in increased taxes as well as increased spending on domestic programs and never balances the budget during the next 10 years.   In addition, both resolutions found ways to increase defense spending above the previously agreed upon caps (which some budget hawks called gimmicks).  For agriculture, the main difference between the resolutions is the inclusion of reconciliation instructions in the House Resolution for the House Agriculture Committee to achieve at least $1 billion in savings over ten years from programs within its jurisdiction.  The Senate Resolution included several non-binding amendments affecting agriculture one of which endorsed limiting the reach of the rule proposed under the Clean Water Act referred to as WOTUS (waters of the U.S.) that passed on a 59-40 vote.  Another would repeal the estate tax which passed by a 54-46 vote. 

Passage of the budget resolution is important to the House and Senate because it enables the use of the reconciliation process that does not require the usual 60-vote majority for passing legislation in the Senate.  In addition, passage of the House and Senate budget resolutions signal a return of "regular order" to the Congressional legislative process and a more likely timely enactment of the 13 appropriation bills funding the federal government.  The House and Senate will now move to a conference committee composed of members of the House and Senate Budget Committees.  The budget resolutions govern House and Senate budget procedures and do not require a Presidential signature. 

In other news, on Wednesday March 25th, the House Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing to examine the implications of potential retaliatory measures possible against the US in response to country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for meat resulting from an adverse WTO ruling expected in May.   Opponents and proponents of COOL disagreed about what the WTO decision would be, the magnitude of possible retaliation, and the need to address the WTO situation at all, among other things.  In any event, it is expected that if the WTO rules against COOL again that the House Agriculture Committee will quickly respond by repealing the current COOL legislation and replacing it with a voluntary program.  In addition, the Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit of the House Agriculture Committee continued its series of hearings in advance of drafting legislation to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission which expired in 2013 focusing on rules for international markets. 

Other House Agriculture hearings this week included a House Agriculture subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management hearing to examine implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, and an Agriculture Committee hearing examining the costs and impacts of states implementing mandatory biotechnology labeling laws.  In 2014, 125 bills mandating the labeling of biotechnology were introduced in 30 different states.   In the Senate, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on March 24th on the impacts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule.

Another positive for agriculture occurred In the House Ways and Means Committee this week where a repeal of the estate tax was approved on a 22-10 party line vote.  The path forward for H.R. 1105, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), is unclear at this time.  The President's Budget proposed increasing the estate tax and Democratic opposition in the Senate (and on the House floor) is expected.  

FOOD & AGRICULTURE

  • Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, held a hearing on the impacts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed 'Waters of the United States' (WOTUS) rule. Read more
  • Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following opening statement - as prepared for delivery - at the hearing entitled "Waters of the United States: Stakeholder Perspectives on the Impacts of EPA's Proposed Rule." Read more
  • View Chairman Conaway's opening statement at the Agriculture Committee hearing examining the costs and impacts of mandatory biotechnology labeling laws.
  • All six witnesses at Tuesday's House Committee on Agriculture hearing argued against mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Most of their testimony praised the efficiency they believe GE crops provide to farmers and enumerated the costs they say labeling would inflict on farmers, manufacturers and consumers. Read more
  • Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee, held a public hearing to examine the implications of potential retaliatory measures against the United States in response to its country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef and pork. Read more
  • Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a public hearing to examine implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill. Read more
  • Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit Subcommittee, held a public hearing to examine the reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the challenges end-users face as they use these markets. Read more
  • The House Agriculture Committee continued its series of hearings in advance of writing legislation to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which lapsed in September 2013. Read more
  • House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers announced updated Republican rosters for the 12 Appropriations subcommittees for the 114th Congress. Read more
  • Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, issued the following prepared remarks for a subcommittee hearing to review the FY2016 budget request for the Department of Energy. Read more
  • Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture's deadline extension for commodity programs created in the 2014 Farm Bill. Read more
  • Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) reintroduced the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax (SWEET) Act  to tackle the dual epidemics of Type 2 diabetes and obesity by discouraging excessive sugar in beverages. DeLauro introduced identical legislation in the 113th Congress. Read more
  • Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter joined advocates, researchers, and even a former NFL player-turned-farmer to re-introduce the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) (H.R. 1552), the most important solution to prevent a nightmarish post-antibiotic future. Read more
  • View the Obama Administration's action plan to combat and prevent antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 
  • Amy's Kitchen Inc. of Petaluma, CA, has recalled nearly 74,000 cases of its branded products containing organic spinach which may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Read more
  • US food giant Heinz is to merge with Kraft Foods Group, creating what the companies say will be the third-largest food and beverage company in the US. Read more
  • The U.S. government is developing a vaccine to protect poultry from new strains of avian flu that have recently killed birds from Arkansas to Washington state. Read more
  • Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, TX, is recalling 3-oz. institutional/food service ice cream cups - chocolate, strawberry and vanilla - with tab lids because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Read more
  • USDA announced a proposed rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill. The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm management. Read more
  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has funded three rural telecommunications infrastructure projects that will improve broadband service in portions of rural Arkansas, Iowa and New Mexico. Read more
  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the USDA awarded $9 million in grants to develop childhood obesity intervention programs through colleges and universities in 12 states and Puerto Rico. The grants are funded through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the flagship competitive grant program authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill. Read more
  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015. Read more

TRADE AND INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURE

  • Delays in finalizing U.S. legislation to speed free trade deals through Congress are casting a cloud over a 12-nation trade pact many thought was near completion, officials close to the negotiations said. Read more
  • Japan and New Zealand share the view that a fast-track trade bill in the United States is extremely important for the conclusion of a 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, the Japanese economy minister said on Wednesday. Read more
  • BurgerFi has struck its first international development agreement, for 40 restaurants in the Mexico City area, the fast-casual operator said Tuesday. Read more
  • View Chairman Conaway's commentary in Roll Call on trade policies that work for America's farmers and ranchers. Read more
  • Two reports were published Wednesday on the status of viruses in the UK food chain. Read more
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on April 29, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so. Read more 
  • Two small refineries under state-run China  National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) have been fined by the environmental watchdog for emissions violations and ordered to halt production, state media reported on Friday. Read more
  • Pemex is set to launch its first-ever sales of gasoline mixed with cleaner-burning ethanol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Mexican state-run oil company said on Thursday. Read more
  • Kraft Foods Group Inc, maker of Velveeta cheese and Oscar Mayer meats, is in talks to be acquired by Brazilian private equity firm 3G Capital, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday. Read more

TRADE QUICK READ

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

  • As U.S. and Japanese officials finalize automotive and agricultural market access provisions in ongoing negotiations, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning a visit to Washington on April 28th. The meeting could be an opportunity for the leaders of both countries to shake hands on a final, bilateral deal.

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

  • EU and U.S. negotiators assuaged concerns over opening up public services to competition between governments and private companies, saying the agreement will not prevent governments from providing education, health and social services.
  • The Irish Farmers Association is pressuring EU negotiators to include animal welfare, traceability and environmental standards on U.S. imports.

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)

  • A continuing impasse between the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee threatens to delay TPA legislation from being introduced until May. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), the committee's ranking member, is pushing Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to include provisions in TPA that can allow the bill to be easily rescinded if lawmakers oppose final trade deals.
  • Former Secretary of State and likely presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who supported trade deals during her time in the Obama Administration, voted against TPA as a senator in 2002. Labor groups are pressuring her to oppose TPA, but she has yet to comment on the pending legislation.
  • Amid a polarized Democratic response to TPA, Former USTR Ron Kirk and Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick formed the Progressive Coalition for American Jobs, a group that will make the progressive case for trade agreements.

Cuba

  • As EU negotiators meet with U.S. officials over TTIP, European diplomats met with Cuban President Raul Castro to discuss normalizing diplomatic and trade relations.

Avian Flu Detection

  • Following the outbreak of avian flu in eight states and bans on American poultry imports in many countries, the USDA continues culling flocks as it develops a vaccine.

Country of Origin Labeling (COOL)

  • As the WTO hears an appeal by the U.S. over its COOL law, the Chamber of Commerce is calling for Congress to promptly repeal it in fear of retaliation from Canada and Mexico.

USDA REPORTS

WHITE HOUSE

  • Environmental groups say President Obama squandered the best opportunity he had to tighten regulations on the process of hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas. Read more

CONGRESS

  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced Monday morning that he will seek the presidency in 2016. Read more
  • Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) will run for Senate in 2016 in a bid to unseat Sen. Marco Rubio, regardless of whether the latter decides to seek the presidential nomination. Read more
  • Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) on Tuesday announced that he will not seek reelection in 2016. Read more
  • Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will not seek reelection next year, he announced Friday. Read more

BUDGET, ECONOMY & FINANCE

  • House Republicans adopted a 2016 budget in a 228-199 vote on Wednesday that represents a major victory for GOP leaders after a rocky start to their year. Read more
  • The Senate approved a Republican budget resolution early Friday morning in a 52-46 vote, capping a grueling day of floor work that required lawmakers to take sides on dozens of amendments. Read more

FOREIGN AFFAIRS & DEFENSE

  • President Obama on Tuesday announced the U.S. will delay the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan to help Kabul fight Taliban and other extremist forces. Read more
  • The Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, reigniting the debate over whether President Obama paid too high a price to secure his release from the Taliban. Read more

HEALTH CARE 

  • Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) stands as the biggest hurdle to a rare bipartisan deal on Medicare backed by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Read more
  • The House on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to repeal automatic cuts to doctors under Medicare, endorsing a rare bipartisan deal that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) negotiated with Democrats. Read more

MEETINGS

April 9-10, 2015
AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Board for International Food and Agricultural Development; Notice Of Meeting Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of the public meeting of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD). 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-25/html/2015-06783.htm 

April 15, 2015
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Environmental Protection Agency; Notice of Public Meeting SUMMARY: EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (collectively, the Services), and USDA are holding a 1-day workshop to provide an update on the status of interagency efforts to further develop interim scientific methods that were issued in November 2013 by EPA, the Services, and USDA in response to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report entitled,  "Assessing Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides''.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-26/html/2015-06931.htm 

April 22, 2015
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR  
Notice of Public Meeting, Las Cruces District Resource Advisory Council Meeting, New Mexico  
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM), Las Cruces District Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-24/html/2015-06669.htm 

April 22-23, 2015
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR 
Notice of Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting  
SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces that the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will conduct a meeting on matters pertaining to management and protection of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on the Nation's public lands. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-23/html/2015-06517.htm 

April 23-24, 2015
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 
The Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act: Focus on Implementation Strategy for Prevention-Oriented Food Safety Standards; Public Meeting and Establishment of Docket  
SUMMARY: The FDA is announcing the establishment of a docket to obtain comments that will inform our development of FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation work plans.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-24/html/2015-06656.htm 

May 19-21, 2015
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY  
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting SUMMARY: There will be a 3-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review research to evaluate the potential for juvenile sensitivity to pyrethroids.  
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-24/html/2015-06689.htm 

MARKETING

May 26, 2015
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE  
Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops--Import Regulations; Changes to Reporting Requirements To Add Electronic Form Filing Option  
SUMMARY: This rule changes the reporting requirements for commodities exempt from import regulations under section 608(e) (hereinafter referred to as "8e'') of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 by adding an option to electronically file an "Importer's Exempt Commodity Form'' (FV-6 form).
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-25/html/2015-06490.htm 

FOOD SAFETY

April 23, 2015
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
Food Safety and Inspection Service Retail Exemptions Adjusted Dollar Limitations  
SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the dollar limitations on the amount of meat and meat food products, poultry, and poultry products that a retail store can sell to hotels, restaurants, and similar institutions without disqualifying itself for exemption from Federal inspection requirements. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-24/html/2015-06641.htm 

May 26, 2015
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE  
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Hawaiian and Territorial Fruits and Vegetables Regulations  
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for the interstate movement of fruits and vegetables from Hawaii and the territories.  
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-24/html/2015-06725.htm 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE  
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Fruits and Vegetables  
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of fruits and vegetables into the United States.  
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-24/html/2015-06723.htm 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE  
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Peppers From Certain Central American Countries  
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with regulations for the importation of peppers from certain Central American countries.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-24/html/2015-06721.htm 

OTHER ITEMS

March 23, 2015
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Economic Development Administration Notice of Petitions by Firms for Determination of Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance  
SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 251 of the Trade Act 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2341 et seq.), the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has received petitions for certification of eligibility to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance from the firms listed below.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-27/html/2015-07057.htm 

March 24, 2015
INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Sugar from Mexico
Determinations On the basis of the record \1\ developed in the subject reviews, the United States International Trade Commission determines, pursuant to sections 704(h) and 734(h) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1671c(h) and 1673c(h)), that agreements the U.S. Department of Commerce has entered into with Mexican exporters of sugar and the government of Mexico suspending antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning sugar from Mexico eliminate completely the injurious effect of subject imports.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-27/html/2015-07071.htm 

March 27, 2015
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY  
Deltamethrin; Pesticide Tolerances   
SUMMARY: This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of the insecticide deltamethrin in or on all food and feed commodities from use of deltamethrin as a wide-area mosquito adulticide. Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-27/html/2015-06861.htm 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY  
Thiram; Pesticide Tolerance   
SUMMARY: This regulation establishes a tolerance for residues of thiram in or on banana. Taminco US, Inc. requested this tolerance under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-27/html/2015-06981.htm 

April 15, 2015
OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE  
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding Certain Measures Providing Export-Contingent Subsidies to Enterprises in Several Industrial Sectors in China  
SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative  is providing notice that on February 11, 2015, the United States requested consultations with the Government of the People's Republic of China under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization concerning certain measures providing export-contingent subsidies to enterprises in several industrial sectors in China.
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-27/html/2015-07011.htm 

April 27, 2015
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Rural Development Regulations--Update to FmHA References and to Census References   
SUMMARY: This document corrects technical errors in the direct final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on February 24, 2015, entitled ``Rural Development Regulations--Update to FmHA References and to Census Regulations.''  
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-26/html/2015-06627.htm 

May 22, 2015
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE   
Comment Request--Study on Nutrition and Wellness Quality in Childcare Settings (SNAQCS)  
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-23/html/2015-06592.htm 

May 26, 2015
COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION  
Residual Interest Deadline for Futures Commission Merchants  
SUMMARY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is amending its regulations to remove the December 31, 2018 automatic termination date for the phased-in compliance schedule for futures commission merchants and provides assurance that the residual interest deadline, as defined in the regulations, will only be revised through a separate Commission rulemaking.  
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-24/html/2015-06548.htm 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
National Institute of Food and Agriculture Service Notice of Intent for Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection  
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations (5 CFR part 1320) which implement the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA's) intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection (OMB No. 0524-0026) for Form NIFA-666, "Organizational Information.''  
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-25/html/2015-06826.htm 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE  
Payment Limitation and Payment Eligibility; Actively Engaged in Farming  
SUMMARY: The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is proposing to revise regulations on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to specify the requirements for a person to be considered actively engaged in farming for the purpose of payment eligibility for certain FSA and CCC programs. Specifically, this rulemaking proposes to revise and clarify the requirements for a significant contribution of active personal management to a farming operation. 
Link: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-26/html/2015-06855.htm 

Call for Comments

IFT calls for comments on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  For details please refer to http://www.ift.org/public-policy-and-regulations/advocacy/ift-comments/call-for-comments.aspx.