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30 Jul 2015 - California Drought Legislation: House vs. Senate

The California Senators introduced a water bill to authorize water storage for endangered species and farmers and take other actions. Until, however, there is a significant resumption of rainfall and snow pack any Congressional legislation will not solve the drought problem.

30 Jul 2015 - California Farmers Aren’t the Water Hogs

Farmer Ted Sheely educates readers in his op-ed that people benefit from water being used by farmers.

 

 

30 Jul 2015 - Ag Taxation: U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance reported out of committee tax extenders (Sec. 179 expensing and Bonus Depreciation).

 

30 Jul 2015 - Trans-Pacific Partnership

Some believe that the 12-members will this week complete or nearly complete all matters concerning the agreement which represents 40 percent of global economic output.

 

30 Jul 2015 - French Farmer Blockage Imported Food

French farmers disrupted food imports this week citing that to food imports from German and Spain are causing low food prices.

 

Federal Policy Updates

Updated July 30, 2015 4:00 PM EDT

          U.S. Congress

Legislation - California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2015
Legislation - Cuba Trade Act of 2015

          Federal Register

AMS - Re-Charter of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee
AMS - Clarification of United States Antitrust Laws, Immunity, and Liability under Marketing Order Programs
BOR - Coordinated Long-Term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project
EPA - Grapes and Tomatoes Pesticide Tolerances
EPA - Almonds, Lettuce, Berry Crops Grapes and Others Pesticide Tolerances
FSIS - Codex Alimentarius Commission Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (Correction)
NAR - Notice of Solicitation of Members to the National Agricultural Research (Extension)

Agency Announcements

APHIS - Treatment Schedule for Methyl Bromide Fumigation for Figs
AMS - USDA Cites Several Businesses for PACA Violations
AMS - Cranberry Growers Vote to Continue the Marketing Order
ARS - E. coli Contamination Increased with Lettuce Disease
NIFA - Different Path to Tackle International Drought Issues
RMA - Broaden Crop Insurance Options for Fruit and Nut Producers

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (8)
EC - Safety Net Measures for Fruit and Vegetables and Others

Agency Reports

ERS - The Profit Potential of Certified Organic Field Crop Production
ERS - Behind the Doubling of U.S. Ag Output Over 60 Years

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23 Jul 2015 - U.S. House Passes Anit-GMO Labeling Bill

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23 Jul 2015 - State of Washington Facing Worst Drought Conditions in Modern History

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