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FDA Animal Drugs/Feeds Programs User Fee Reauthorization 

In 1968 amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act established the Animal Drugs and Feeds Program in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The new law extended authorities to FDA to regulate animal drugs, devices, and feed. Animal Drugs and Feed Regulated Under 21 Different Laws Today, the animal drug and feed industries are regulated under…

In 1968 amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act established the Animal Drugs and Feeds Program in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The new law extended authorities to FDA to regulate animal drugs, devices, and feed. Animal Drugs and Feed Regulated Under 21 Different Laws Today, the animal drug and feed industries are regulated under…


Innovative Alternatives for Drinking Water Mains

Since 1950, the U.S. Geological Service, @USGS has worked in cooperation with local, state, and federal environmental agencies to collect water-use information and issue a report every 5 years.  The last report issued was 2010 and work began on the 2015 report last year. U.S. Uses 355 Billion Gallons Per Day! According to USGS about…

Since 1950, the U.S. Geological Service, @USGS has worked in cooperation with local, state, and federal environmental agencies to collect water-use information and issue a report every 5 years.  The last report issued was 2010 and work began on the 2015 report last year. U.S. Uses 355 Billion Gallons Per Day! According to USGS about…


UPDATE: Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Remedy Fire Borrowing

As an update to our earlier article (below) on October 4, the Office of Management and Budget sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence (in his role as President of the U.S. Senate) requesting a total $29.3 billion in supplemental emergency appropriations to help with recovery efforts from the recent devastating hurricanes and to improve…

As an update to our earlier article (below) on October 4, the Office of Management and Budget sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence (in his role as President of the U.S. Senate) requesting a total $29.3 billion in supplemental emergency appropriations to help with recovery efforts from the recent devastating hurricanes and to improve…


EPA and Army Corp of Engineers Schedule Public Meetings on WOTUS

On Monday August 28, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) will announce they are conducting ten teleconferences/webinars to hear from stakeholders their recommendations to revise the definition of ‘‘Waters of the United States’’ under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  Nine of the teleconferences/webinars will be…

On Monday August 28, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) will announce they are conducting ten teleconferences/webinars to hear from stakeholders their recommendations to revise the definition of ‘‘Waters of the United States’’ under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  Nine of the teleconferences/webinars will be…


Cansler Keynotes Annual Conference for Tennessee Farm Bureau Presidents

“Tim Cansler’s behind the scenes Washington knowledge on agricultural and farm issues makes him an excellent choice for hearing the “rest of the story” about current Washington happenings. His agricultural and Farm Bureau background provide a solid foundation and understanding of the issues important to farmers.” Jeff Aiken President Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Cansler Consulting,…

“Tim Cansler’s behind the scenes Washington knowledge on agricultural and farm issues makes him an excellent choice for hearing the “rest of the story” about current Washington happenings. His agricultural and Farm Bureau background provide a solid foundation and understanding of the issues important to farmers.” Jeff Aiken President Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Cansler Consulting,…


Federal Grant Indirect Costs Set Off Public Debate

Most partnerships between grant recipients and the federal government are productive and, oftentimes render world-class innovations in multiple disciplinary fields such as health care, food & agriculture and national security. But this comes at a cost to American taxpayers. The recent release of the Trump Administration FY 2018 budget proposal calls for a $6 billion…

Most partnerships between grant recipients and the federal government are productive and, oftentimes render world-class innovations in multiple disciplinary fields such as health care, food & agriculture and national security. But this comes at a cost to American taxpayers. The recent release of the Trump Administration FY 2018 budget proposal calls for a $6 billion…


Alternatives For Pipe Bursting

In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, more than 600,000 miles of asbestos cement (AC) – also called transite – was installed to transport water in potable water mains, storm drains and sanitary sewers in the U.S.  Asbestos was used because of its light weight, corrosion resistance, rigidity and ease of handling. AC pipe accounts for…

In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, more than 600,000 miles of asbestos cement (AC) – also called transite – was installed to transport water in potable water mains, storm drains and sanitary sewers in the U.S.  Asbestos was used because of its light weight, corrosion resistance, rigidity and ease of handling. AC pipe accounts for…


Monsanto’s VC Investments Forecasting Future of Agriculture Industry Connections to Personalized Medicine

Monsanto MON (NYSE) describes itself as “a sustainable agriculture company..deliver(ing) agricultural products that support farmers all around the world.”  Their focus is “on empowering farmers—large and small—to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy.” So how is this forward-thinking agriculture company investing in the future…

Monsanto MON (NYSE) describes itself as “a sustainable agriculture company..deliver(ing) agricultural products that support farmers all around the world.”  Their focus is “on empowering farmers—large and small—to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy.” So how is this forward-thinking agriculture company investing in the future…


President Trump Signs Two Executive Orders Impacting Trade

On March 31, President Trump signed two Executive Orders (EO) aimed at fulfilling his campaign promises for more favorable global trade for the U.S. The Presidential EO regarding the Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits establishes a 90-day review of factors that contribute to U.S. trade deficits. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s , Economic Indicator…

On March 31, President Trump signed two Executive Orders (EO) aimed at fulfilling his campaign promises for more favorable global trade for the U.S. The Presidential EO regarding the Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits establishes a 90-day review of factors that contribute to U.S. trade deficits. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s , Economic Indicator…


Amidst Proposed Drastic Budget Cuts EPA Administrator Pruitt Supports U.S. Water Infrastructure

In mid-March the Trump Administration released its so called “skinny budget” a 175-page blueprint of the U.S. budget that specifies the main priorities of the Trump administration.  The budget proposal cuts the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by 31 percent from its current level, from $8.1 billion to $5.7 billion. The Presidents budget proposes to cut 3,200…

In mid-March the Trump Administration released its so called “skinny budget” a 175-page blueprint of the U.S. budget that specifies the main priorities of the Trump administration.  The budget proposal cuts the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by 31 percent from its current level, from $8.1 billion to $5.7 billion. The Presidents budget proposes to cut 3,200…


All Signs Point to Water Infrastructure as part of $1 Trillion U.S. Infrastructure Investment

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held its first hearing of the 115th Congress in early March to explore the role of federal agencies in building water infrastructure that is ready for the challenges of the 21st century. U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), Chairman of the Subcommittee opened…

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held its first hearing of the 115th Congress in early March to explore the role of federal agencies in building water infrastructure that is ready for the challenges of the 21st century. U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), Chairman of the Subcommittee opened…


Latta Introduces Drinking Water Affordability Act

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) has reintroduced legislation, the Latta Drinking Water Affordability Act, to help public water systems improve infrastructure and ensure safer drinking water. The legislation provides increased flexibility to state and local governments to meet their specific needs, develops cost-efficient ways to protect drinking water, and ensures funds are utilized efficiently and effectively. The Drinking Water…

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) has reintroduced legislation, the Latta Drinking Water Affordability Act, to help public water systems improve infrastructure and ensure safer drinking water. The legislation provides increased flexibility to state and local governments to meet their specific needs, develops cost-efficient ways to protect drinking water, and ensures funds are utilized efficiently and effectively. The Drinking Water…


2018 Farm Bill Update: Stakes Are High!

The US House Committee on Agriculture continues its series of hearings for lawmakers to gather information that will help them develop the nations next farm bill.  On March 22, dairy producers and processors testified before the House Agriculture Committee marking their 11th farm bill hearing. Previous hearings have included testimony from a total of nearly…

The US House Committee on Agriculture continues its series of hearings for lawmakers to gather information that will help them develop the nations next farm bill.  On March 22, dairy producers and processors testified before the House Agriculture Committee marking their 11th farm bill hearing. Previous hearings have included testimony from a total of nearly…


37 Farm Bill Programs Without Budget Baseline

Thirty-seven programs in the current Farm Bill with spending estimated to total $2.607 billion do not have a budget baseline after FY 2018. The reasons vary but its because the programs spend less than $50 million in last authorized year (2018) of the current Farm Bill.   According to the Congressional Research Service, “..some programs may…

Thirty-seven programs in the current Farm Bill with spending estimated to total $2.607 billion do not have a budget baseline after FY 2018. The reasons vary but its because the programs spend less than $50 million in last authorized year (2018) of the current Farm Bill.   According to the Congressional Research Service, “..some programs may…


Drinking Water Systems Must be Part of Massive Investment in U.S. Infrastructure

During a campaign stop in 2016 in Flint, Michigan, whose water crisis continues now in its 32nd month, President Trump commented, “It used to be cars were were made in Flint and you could not drink the water in Mexico. Now, the cars are made in Mexico and you cannot drink the water in Flint?…

During a campaign stop in 2016 in Flint, Michigan, whose water crisis continues now in its 32nd month, President Trump commented, “It used to be cars were were made in Flint and you could not drink the water in Mexico. Now, the cars are made in Mexico and you cannot drink the water in Flint?…


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