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Grist: There’s a major gap in the new methane pledge: Agriculture

Last week, the United States and European Union launched the most ambitious plan to date to slash global methane emissions. The Global Methane Pledge, which reportedly already has the support of at least six of the world’s 15 largest producers of the greenhouse gas, aims to…

Reuters: 8th Circuit revives challenge to Arkansas ag-gag law

A divided federal appeals court on Monday reinstated a First Amendment challenge by several advocacy organizations against Arkansas’ 2017 “ag-gag” law, which authorizes farms and other businesses to sue for as much as $5,000 per day if an undercover investigator surreptitiously records operations and shares…

Law360: 9th Circ. OKs USDA Win In Clash Over Ads To Eat More Beef

The Ninth Circuit affirmed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s summary judgment win against independent ranchers challenging assessments on cattle sales that fund industry groups’ pro-beef consumption advertisements, holding in a published opinion Tuesday the advertisements are government speech exempt from First Amendment scrutiny.

Law360: Tenn. Judge Blocks Biden’s Race-Based Loan Relief Program

A federal judge in Tennessee added to a flurry of injunctions blocking President Joe Biden’s debt relief program aimed at helping Black and Native farmers recover from the pandemic, one month after a local county commissioner sued the government for discrimination.