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23 Oct 2014 - Can the US Learn from Australia about Increasing Water Supply?

Australia is a leading producer and exporter of several crops but faces many of the same drought conditions as California.


23 Oct 2014 - GMO Disagreement Causes Uncertainty in International Markets

A lawsuit between a GMO seed producer and a shipping firm shows the difficulties in some countries accepting GMOs while others do not.


23 Oct 2014 - 17,000 Apple Varieties Have Grown in North America

Iowa apple enthusiast Dan Bussey recently completed his magnum opus, “The Illustrated History of Apples in North America.”


Federal Policy Updates

Updated October 23, 2014 5:00 PM ET

        Federal Register

AMS - Onion Standard Revisions

AMS - Notice of Guidance for SCBGP and Multi-State Project Competition

EPA - Apple, Peach, and more Pesticide Tolerances

EPA - Removal of Inert Ingredients from Approved Chemical List

EPA - Inert Ingredient Tolerance Exemptions

EPA - Potato and Sweet Corn: Pesticide Petitions Filed

EPA - Report on the Proposed Waters of the U.S. Definition

FDA - FSMA Revised Rule Public Meeting

ITA - Fresh Garlic from China Antidumping Duty Order

Agency Announcements

CDFA - 2015 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Workshops

NOP - Organic Integrity Quarterly

USDA - $18 Million in Small Business Research Grants

USDA - Small and Emerging Rural Businesses and Rural Transportation

USTR - WTO Trade Facilitation

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports

WTO - County of Origin Labeling Law Decision

Agency Reports

RMA - Federal Crop Insurance Corp Business Report

RMA - Apple, Blueberry, Peach Crop Insurance Deadline

RMA - Apples, Blueberries, Peaches 2015 Crop Fact Sheets


The federal updates cover proposed legislation, Federal Register notices and agency reports.  The goal is to provide the reader with timely updates of regulatory, trade, policy, and legislative issues related to produce.

Recent Produce News

16 Oct 2014 - Ebola may Cause West African Food Crisis

The Ebola virus continues to ravage West Africa, including food production.


16 Oct 2014 - Whole Foods Ranks Produce

Whole Foods introduced a new produce ranking system based on the supplier’s farming practices.



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