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From Federal Produce Policy
According to a report released by the National Agriculture Statistical Service (NASS), noncitrus fruit crops were worth $16.1 billion, which was four percent higher than 2012.
Investment funds continue to increase their farm land purchases as the world food prices increase.
Despite of the buzz about colony collapse disorder, the honey bee population may not be in as bad of shape as once thought.
Locally grown food used to be primarily found in local farmers markets, but recently, locally grown food has found its way into larger companies and organizations.
The EPA denied the request of Texas state officials to use a powerful herbicide to stop “super weeds” from damaging Texas crops.
The Olive Oil Commission of California’s proposed olive oil marketing and labeling standards for the state of California continues the heated debate over olive oil standards.
A new study from the British Journal of Nutrition published a paper that shows organic crops containing higher levels of antioxidants than conventionally grown crops.
Federal Policy Updates
Updated July 24, 2014 5:00 PM ET
House - Modernizing Agriculture Producer Size Standard
House - Advancing Trade with Africa
Senate - Lessons from the U.S.-Korea FTA
Senate - Ag Ranking Member Comments on Waters of the U.S. Rule
Legislation - Endangered Species Act of 1973 Amendment
Legislation - 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act
AGRI - Civil Dialogue Groups on Agricultural Issues
AGRI - Organic Sector Rapid Growth
APHIS - Importation of Fruits and Vegetables Information Collection
CCC - Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance for 2012
EPA - New Pesticide Use Registration Applications
EPA - Certification of Pesticide Applicators Information Collection
FCA - Investment Eligibility Amendments
FDA - Food Advisory Committee Meeting
FWS - List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife Amendments
FWS - Endangered Species Permits
NASS - Advisory Committee on Ag Statistics
NOAA - Endangered and Threatened Species Recovery Plans
AMS - USDA Cites Several Businesses for PACA Violations (1)
APHIS - Greenhouse Certification Program Meeting
APHIS - European Grapevine Moth
FNS - Program to Procure Locally and Regionally Grown Fruits and Vegetables
FSA - Nomination Deadline for County Committees
PTO - New Plant Patents (5)
USDA - Watershed Rehabilitation Funding
USDA - Drought Aid to California
USDA - 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance Changes
FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports
USDA - U.S. Agriculture Products Abroad (19)
NASS - Noncitrus Fruit and Nut Report
RMA - Federal Crop Insurance Corp Business Report
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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