Practice Areas: USDA Regulatory Representation & Counsel

Benjamin L. England & Associates provides representation and counsel to domestic and foreign members working to satisfy their United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) permitting obligations. We assist clients with understanding whether they need a permit, and then with obtaining a Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) or a Veterinary Services (VS) permit. Beyond permitting, we assist firms with understanding and responding to agricultural holds as enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The National Organic Program (NOP) is administered by USDA and sets out requirements that include the labeling of organic products. The Organic Seal and Organic Certification for contract manufacturers, suppliers, and handlers are other considerations for companies importing organic products into the U.S.

USDA further regulates how certain food commodities are marketed through marketing orders, product grading, and organic labeling. With the exception of marketing orders, these programs are voluntary but can be utilized to increase the marketability of food products. We help companies understand these programs and how to implement them to increase the value of their product.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) regulates trade of listed species and hybrids, including parts and products. CITES permits are processed through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in the U.S. We can help with CITES regulated products and permits.