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From Federal Produce Policy
The Foreign Agricultural Service will provide $172.8 million to 62 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives under MAP and $27.5 million to 23 trade organizations under FMD for the FY2016.
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 53 grants totaling more than $18 million to support research, teaching, and extension activities at 1890 historically black land-grant colleges and universities.
The long-awaited FSMA rule on produce is available for review.
Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) is pushing to have legislation passed before the end of the year.
Neonicotinoid pesticides have been controversial due to their potential threat to honeybees, so much so that European governments have banned them.
It has been unclear how to regulate marijuana pesticides.
President Obama and President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China offered competing visions for trade in Asia at the annual APEC summit.
Federal Policy Updates
Legislation - Nutrient Information on Food Labels
AGRI - Spain’s Final Rural Development Programs Approved
EPA - Inert Ingredient Tolerance Exemption
EPA - Certification of Pesticide Applicators: Comment Period Extend
EPA - Pesticide Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments: Comment Period Extended
FDA - Revocation of Standards of Identity for Jellies and Fruit Preserves
FTC - Fair Packaging and Labeling Act
USDA - Meeting: Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture
USITC - TPP: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors
AMS - USDA Cites Several Businesses for PACA Violations (6)
PTO - New Plant Patents (4)
RMA - Efficient Irrigation Contract Awarded
FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (6)
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The Mexican government is contemplating the imposition of punitive duties on U.S. apple shippers due to allegations that they sold apples for less than the cost of production in 2013.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the EU Member States have finalized the re-assessment of glyphosate, a chemical that is used widely in pesticides.