In the December 11, 2017, Federal Register, USDA's AMS adopted a final rule to amend the definition of "judge" in the rules of practice and procedure to formulate or amend a marketing agreement, marketing order, or certain research and promotion orders under 7 CFR Parts 900 and 1200. The new definition adds a presiding official appointed by the Secretary, as well as an administrative law judge, as an official who may preside over the rulemaking hearing. The rule was effective December 11, 2017.
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