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J. R. Pegg

Washington, D.C.
J.R. Pegg joined Agrow as US correspondent in 2013, having written for Informa’s Pesticide and Chemical Policy for seven years prior to that.

He specializes in US policy, legislation and litigation related to pesticides and GM crops.

J.R. has been a journalist for 20 years, having previously covered environmental issues, chemical policy, and the television industry.
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House lawmakers want quick action on organic origin of livestock rule

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USDA tightens work requirements for key food stamp program

A new USDA rule to tighten work requirements for food stamp recipients will “restore the original intent” of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and ensure it is “not a way of life,” USDA Sonny Perdue told reporters on Wednesday (Dec. 4).

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US financial regulators clarify banking landscape for hemp businesses

Federal and state financial regulators on Tuesday (Dec. 3) released guidance to make it easier for banks to provide financial services to hemp-related businesses, a move welcomed by industry advocates who contend hemp farmers and processors have struggled to obtain account services, loans and credit.

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Top Senate Democrat wants more time for public comment on USDA hemp rule

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is urging USDA to extend the public comment period for its interim final hemp production rule, warning that the regulatory scheme could undermine the growth of the nascent industry.

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California hits back at bid to derail animal welfare law

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has called on a federal court to dismiss a meat industry lawsuit that aims to upend Proposition 12, arguing the complaint fails to make actionable claims related to the animal welfare law.

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Bayer/Monsanto agrees to US plea deal over illegal parathion-methyl use and storage

Bayer legacy company Monsanto last week pleaded guilty to using and storing the banned organophosphate insecticide, parathion-methyl, on crops at a research farm on the Hawaiian island of Maui. 

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