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On Tuesday, March 04, 2014, President Obama released his proposed budget for FY 2015, including $123 billion for mandatory USDA programs.
As the drought in California continues, what will be the effect on the specialty crops?
Over the last four years, table grape consumption has been strong. Around 99% of all table grapes grown in the U.S. are grown in California.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the final ruling on the supplemental nutrition program Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in which white potatoes were excluded.
CBS featured the domestic industry’s push for stricter labeling standards, while Spain is predicted to return to its average production levels of olive oil after a dismal crop year in 2013.
Top 10 FPP Featured News Articles for February 2014
Federal Policy Updates
Updated March 06, 2014 5:00 PM ET
House - Appropriation Committee Budget Hearing on Agriculture
House - Cooperative Extension Services to Agriculture
Senate - 100th Anniversary of Cooperative Extension System
AMS - Kiwifruit Minimum Grade Requirements
EPA - Tomato and Pome Fruit Pesticide Tolerances
EPA - Critical Use Exemption from the Methyl Bromide Phase-out
AMS - U.S. Food with Pesticide Residue Does not Pose Safety Concern
AMS - Tart Cherry Marketing Order Vote
APHIS - Phytosanitary Irradiation for Fresh Produce
APHIS - Farm Bill Animal and Plant Health Programs
FDA - Updates Nutrition Facts Label
NOP - The USDA Organic Insider
PTO - New Plant Patents (2)
RMA - Spring Crop Sheets Due
USDA - 2014 Farm Bill Stakeholder Meetings
FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (5)
ARS - The Secret of the Avocado Flavor
ERS - Net Farm Income to Fall in 2014
RMA - Federal Crop Insurance Corp Business Report
RMA - 2013 State Profiles of Insured Crops
RMA - Crop Fact Sheets for AZ, CA, HI, NV, UT
USTR - 2014 Trade Policy Agenda
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
Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Dave Camp (R-MI) released his tax reform legislation this week.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will propose two new regulations that govern nutrition labeling and portion size.