Dr. Maurice Eastridge, Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

  1. On January 19, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency filed a motion with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to further delay issuance of the mandate for reporting of air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms. Thus, no reporting is required until the Court issues its order, or mandate, enforcing its decision to eliminate the reporting exemptions for farms. Additional information about this issue can be found at:
  1. The Center for Food Integrity recently released a report titled “A Dangerous Food Disconnect When Consumers Hold You Responsible But Don’t Trust You” from some research that they had conducted. Food regulatory agencies and food companies were the top two groups that were deemed responsible for ensuring safe food; however, they were eighth and eleventh, respectively, among those trusted sources for safe food. Family and the family doctor were the two top choices for trust of safe food. On the positive side, farmers were ranked third for both being responsible for ensuring a safe food supply and held the same ranking for trust. Additional information from the report is available at: