USDA Outlines Plant Trade Exemptions

Law360, New York (August 6, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a proposed rule that would clarify which types of plants are exempt from the Lacey Act, the law that prohibits trade in illegal plants and animals.

In a Federal Register notice filed Wednesday, the USDA said that it was proposing to define two terms found in the 2008 revisions to the law in a way that would ensure that only widely available plants are exempt from Lacey Act protection, not those about which there are conservation concerns.

The act...
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