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25 Sep 2014 - Tomatoes Lose Court Case over False Accusations from FDA

A federal court judge dismissed the claims brought against the U.S. government by tomatoes growers over business they lost due to false warnings from the FDA.

25 Sep 2014 - Agriculture Anxious for Drone Approval

U.S. farmers have expressed high hopes for the introduction of drones into the agriculture industry.  


25 Sep 2014 - CDFA Approves Olive Oil Standards

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has approved implementation of the olive oil standards proposed by the Olive Oil Commission of California.

Federal Policy Updates

Updated September 25, 2014 2:30 PM ET


EU - Extend the 2005 International Agreement on Olive Oil and Table Olives

         Federal Register

AMS - Honey: Comment Period Extended for Standards of Identity

FDA - FSMA Proposed Rule Revisions

FDA - FDA offers $500,000 Prize for New Technology

FSA - Fruits and Vegetable Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs

EPA - Eggplant, Tomatoes, Cucumbers Pesticide Tolerance

EPA - Onion, Cucumber Pesticide Tolerance

EPA - Potato: Pesticide Registration Review

NASS - Organic Certifiers Survey

Agency Announcements

AMS - New Appointments to the NOSB

USDA - New Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (4)

FAS - India Is Seventh-Largest Agricultural Exporter, Up from 13th a Decade Ago

Agency Reports

ERS - Global Agricultural Production

RMA - Federal Crop Insurance Corp Business Report

RMA - Crop Insurance Fact Sheets for Specialty Crops


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

18 Sep 2014 - California Groundwater Law Signed by Governor

The Governor of California signed a bill that brought groundwater under government regulation. 

18 Sep 2014 - Specialty Crop State Block Grants and Research Initiative

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will announce more than $100 million of grants for specialty crops in the coming months.



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Agency and Congressional Hearings

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