Trump chooses cancer doctor to lead FDA

Dr. Stephen Hahn, a hospital executive and cancer specialist, is President Trump's choice for FDA commissioner, said the White House. Hahn had been rumored for the post for weeks. But in a surprise, Health Secretary Alex Azar said FDA's interim leader, Ned Sharpless, would return immediately to his previous post of director of the National Cancer Institute because he had hit a statutory time limit  of 210 days for service as an acting agency chief.

USDA embraces hemp as a crop, but many hurdles remain for growers

At the same time that the agency opened the gate for farmers across the nation to grow industrial hemp in 2020, the USDA tempered optimism about a new, money-making crop on Tuesday with caution of obstacles for an emerging industry. The hottest hemp product, cannabidiol (CBD), is sold in a gray …

Will high risks on industrial hemp bring high rewards?

Industrial hemp faces more regulatory and legal hurdles than many other newly hatched industries, says a report from agricultural lender CoBank. While growth in the industry is driven by cannabidiol (CBD), widely available in foods and as a supplement, two other markets hold potential: the fiber and the grain and seed sectors.

FDA warns against CBD products while working on regulations

Only one drug containing cannabidiol (CBD) has been approved by the FDA — for treatment of rare and severe forms of epilepsy — and the agency is worried by the tide of products that tout CBD as a tonic. The FDA warned against use of unapproved products at the same time it said on Tuesday…

Senate vs. House confrontation looms over relocating ERS and NIFA

The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to approve a bill on Thursday that effectively approves Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s removal of two research agencies to Kansas City from Washington, setting up a clash with House leaders. The $151.7 billion USDA-FDA funding bill includes …

Bright hopes, uncertain pace for industrial hemp

The 2018 farm bill legalized the production of industrial hemp and farmers are clearly interested in a potential new cash crop, but many obstacles must be overcome before the industry can take root, said lawmakers and federal regulators on Thursday.

Green light for gene-edited animals? Maybe.

At some point, the Food and Drug Administration might exempt gene-edited food animals from regulatory review, said Laura Epstein, a senior policy analyst at FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, on Tuesday. “We’re not there yet, but we are open to getting there in the future,” said Epstein …

Put USDA in charge of gene-edited livestock, says hog industry

The U.S. hog industry is going to the White House in its campaign for the USDA to supplant FDA as the federal regulator of gene-edited food animals, leaders said on Tuesday. The industry says American preeminence in science and agricultural exports will suffer if gene-edited advances such as …

White House calls for light regulation of low-risk gene-edited crops and livestock

The three federal regulators of biotechnology, the USDA, EPA and FDA, were ordered by President Trump on Tuesday to modernize their handling of agricultural biotechnology, both to assure U.S. preeminence in the field and a safe food supply for a growing population. Referring to gene-edited …