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The agricultural industry is divided on the issue of Obama’s impending executive action on immigration, which is expected to grant temporary legal status to millions of people.
Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX) will be the Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture in the 114th Congress of the U.S.
In the final days of the 113th Congress, legislators must decide whether to renew 56 tax provisions that are set to expire, including two provisions that are of great importance to specialty crops.
The lanternfly, an invasive pest from Asia, has appeared in the United States for the first time, threatening Pennsylvania’s grape industry.
Responding to recent troubles in the electronic industry, tech giant Toshiba has adapted one of its factories to produce something unusual: high-end lettuce.
Vladimir Putin’s sweeping sanctions against Western food, first intended to solely be retaliatory, is now being spun as a means to build up Russian agriculture.
After measures to require the labeling of GMO products were defeated in both Colorado and Oregon this past election, the free market may be where the fate of GMOs are ultimately decided.
Federal Policy Updates
Updated November 20, 2014 3:00 PM ET
EPA - Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Meeting
FDA - Guidance on Food Facility Registration
NASS - Field Crops Objective Yield Survey Extension
USDA - National Agricultural Research Advisory Board Appointments
ERS - Farm Financial Forecasts
NOP - Organic Integrity Database
PTO - New Plant Patents (4)
RMA - Expansion of Supplemental Coverage Option
USDA - MAP and FMD FY 2015 Funding Announcements
FAS - Southeast Asia a Fast Growing Market for U.S. Ag Products
FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (10)
GAO - Improvements to Pesticide Residue Monitoring Programs
NASS - 2013 Farm and Ranch Irrigation Data
NASS - Monthly Crop Production Report
RMA - Federal Crop Insurance Corp Business Report
RMA - Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Pilot Handbook
RMA - Crop Fact Sheets (2)
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.
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