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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.

 

16 Oct 2014 - Washington Apples Look to Exports to Sell Record Crop

Apple producers in the State of Washington had a record year in production, 140 million boxes, and are looking for new opportunities abroad to sell their product.

16 Oct 2014 - Apple Pest Found in Shipment at U.S. Border

A moth not native to the Western Hemisphere was found in a shipment of hardware being brought into the U.S. from Canada.

 

Federal Policy Updates

Updated October 16, 2014 1:00 PM ET

             Congress

Senate - Ag Committee Announced Listening Sessions on Farm Bill

               Europe

EU - Agriculture and Fisheries Council Meeting

Federal Register

APHIS - Kiwi: Imports from Chile

APHIS - Chipilin Leaves: Imports from Guatemala

APHIS - Lacey Act: Exempt and Regulated Articles

APHIS - Endangered Species Regulations and Forfeiture Procedures

EPA - Waters of the U.S. Comment Period Extended

EPA - Pesticide Spray Drift Voluntary Program

EPA - Receipt of Several Initial Filings

EPA - Tomatoes, Broccoli, Blackberry: Delete Uses in Certain Pesticide Regulations

ITA - Fresh Garlic: Final Results of AD New Shipper Review

Agency Announcements

AMS - USDA Cites Several Businesses for PACA Violations (1)

AMS - National Watermelon Promotion Board Members

AMS - Mushroom Council Members

NOP - ANSI Peer Review Report

PTO - New Plant Patents (1)

RMA - Beekeepers: Crop Insurance Deadline Approaches

RMA - Modifications to Pear Crop Insurance

RMA - High Variability Adjustments for Peaches

USDA - Managing Herbicide Resistant Weeds

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (2)

Agency Reports

ARS - Using Aromas against Fruit Pests

NASS - Citrus and Pecan Crop Production Report

RMA - Federal Crop Insurance Corp Business Report

RMA - Good Farming Practice Determination Standards Handbook

RMA - 2014 Data Indemnity Maps

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Recent Produce News

09 Oct 2014 - Special Treatment Revoked for Canadian Produce

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will withdraw preferential financial protections for Canadian exporters under PACA.

09 Oct 2014 - Strength of the Dollar and Poor Growth Abroad has Fed Worried

The Federal Reserve has expressed concern about the impact that weak growth abroad and a strengthening dollar might have on U.S. exports and the domestic economy.

 

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