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22 Jan 2015 - Oregon Blueberry Producers Settle Wage Dispute

Two Oregon blueberry producers recently settled a dispute with the federal government who claimed farm workers were being paid less than minimum wage.

22 Jan 2015 - GM Crops Could Be Planted in England as Early as 2017

The European Union passed a law that allows member states to cultivate GM crops.


22 Jan 2015 - FAA Unsure on Drone Use Rule Timeline

The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing on the potential applications of drones in the U.S.


Federal Policy Updates

Updated January 22, 2015 4:00 PM ET

          U.S. Congress

House - Hearing on U.S. Trade Policy Agenda

Senate - President Obama’s 2015 Trade Policy Agenda

Senate - Ag Committee Organizational Hearing

Federal Register

AMS - USDA Cites Several Businesses for PACA Violations (4)

AMS - Irish Potatoes: Relaxation of the Handling Regulation

EPA - Pome Fruits, Tree Nuts Pesticide Product Registrations

EPA - Onion, Tomato, Citrus, Leafy Greens Pesticide Tolerances

Agency Announcements

AMS - USDA Cites Several Businesses for PACA Violations (4)

AMS - National Potato Promotion Board Members

FDA - Grant Program to Fund Food Safety Training

IR-4 - Tentative/Scheduled Studies List

IR-4 - Draft Protocols

NOP - Agricultural Statistics Service 2014 Organic Survey

PTO - New Plant Patents (1)

USDA - California Drought Conditions Remain

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (15)

Agency Reports

RMA - Federal Crop Insurance Corp Business Report

RMA - Loss Adjustment Manual Standards Handbook


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

15 Jan 2015 - FSMA: Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Produce Safety Proposed Rule

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) determined “four potentially significant provisions that, if finalized, may significantly affect the quality of the human environment.”

15 Jan 2015 - Mexican Truckers to Operate in U.S.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is preparing to implement the Mexican trucking program from NAFTA.



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