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04 Feb 2016 - Cauliflower Quickly Becomes Carb Counter Favorite

A lack of supply has caused a frenzy over the new starchy food substitute.


04 Feb 2016 - California Almond Prices Drop Substantially

Almonds priced as high as $5 last summer are now selling for $3.10 per pound.



04 Feb 2016 - Food Industry Continues its Push on Congress over GMO Labeling

The implementation of Vermont’s law mandating GMO labeling is fast approaching, and the food industry wants Congress to stop it.


04 Feb 2016 - MetLife's Agricultural Loans Fall $400 million in 2015

MetLife experienced a decrease in total loans, finishing at $3.2 billion in 2015, down from a record $3.6 billion in 2014.


04 Feb 2016 - California Apple Industry Struggles to Adapt

The once vibrant apple industry in California is having a difficult time adapting to warmer winters, competition from Washington State, and soaring land prices.


Federal Policy Updates

Updated February 04, 2016 3:30 PM EDT

          U.S. Congress

House – Ag Committee Hearing: Impact of EPA’s Actions on Rural Economy

        Federal Register

APHIS - Introduction of the Products of Biotechnology
- Onion Pesticide Tolerance
EPA - Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Advisory Committee
EPA - Avocado, Papaya, Pome Fruit, Cherry, and Peach Pesticide Product Registrations
ITA - Honey from the People's Republic of China
ITA - Mushroom Antidumping Orders: Opportunity to Request Administrative Review
LSC - Agricultural Worker Population Estimates for Basic Field

Agency Announcements

AMS - Nominees for National Blueberry Promotion Board
AMS - Nominees for National Mango Board
AMS - Nominees for Mushroom Council
NASS - New Data on Organic Agriculture Production
NIFA - $30 Million in Grants for Food Safety and Plant Health Improvements
NOP - NOP 5611: National List Sunset Dates Revised
PTO - New Plant Patents (6)
USDA - FACT SHEET: President's FY2017 Budget to Invest $700 Million in AFRI

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (18)
FAS - Citrus: World Markets and Trade


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

28 Jan 2016 - Food Industry Unites to Block State GMO Labeling Laws

In a last-ditch effort to fight against mandatory food labeling of GMO products, many of the nation’s food and farm industries are joining a national coalition to campaign against the state laws.


28 Jan 2016 - Cost of Pesticide Certification Rules has States Worried

Several states have expressed concern that the cost of the new proposal to update pesticide certification requirements is being underestimated.



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