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FAA issues $1.9 million fine to drone operator

On October 6, 2015 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an enforcement letter to SkyPan International, Inc. assessing a $1.9 million dollar civil penalty for flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) without permission. The FAA has fined drone operators for unlawful flights in the past, but this is by far the largest civil penalty to date.


Everglades REC is unveiling a new and improved soil testing lab

For decades, whenever farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area needed help figuring out what fertilizers to use in their fields, they turned to the University of Florida’s Everglades Research and Education Center for soil testing and lab work.


Biopesticides website updated

As part of EPA’s ongoing effort to build a more user-friendly website, we have transformed our biopesticides website into a new, easy-to-use format. Information on the regulation and registration of biopesticides should now be easier than ever to access, regardless of the type of electronic device being used, including tablets and smartphones.


FDA revises definition of "farm"

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in January 2011, is perhaps the most far reaching reform of the food safety system since the enactment of the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 48 million (1 in 6) Americans suffer from a foodborne illness each year.


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