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23 Apr 2015 - Cuba Market Could Increase Exports, but What about Imports?

As relations with Cuba continue to normalize, many in the Ag world are looking at potential export growth, while some are concerned about the potential impact imports might have.

23 Apr 2015 - As Wells Dry Up, Water Becomes Even More Scarce

The one source of relief for many Californian Farmers during this intense drought has been groundwater, but even that is starting to go dry.


23 Apr 2015 - GMO Sales to Be Determined by EU Member States

The European Commission has proposed to allow member states to ban the sale of genetically modified crops.


23 Apr 2015 - Trade Deal Reached in Congress

House and Senate Leaders announced an agreement on giving the Obama Administration the authority to negotiate trade deals on behalf of Congress.


23 Apr 2015 - Organic Sales Continue to Increase

Organic sales increased 11 percent last year despite the higher cost associated with organic products.


23 Apr 2015 - Keep Fruit and Vegetables Fresh

The demand for fresh produce and food products has increased and with it, so has the waste.


Federal Policy Updates

Updated April 23, 2015 12:30 PM ET

         U.S. Congress

Legislation - Trade Facilitation Authorization
Legislation - Trade Adjustment Assistance Act
Legislation - Navigable Waters
Legislation - Water Rights Transfers
Legislation - E-Verify
Legislation - Termination of FTAs
Legislation - Trade Enforcement and Trade Facilitation
Legislation - Trade Agreements Enforcement Trust Fund


EC - New Promotion Programs for Agricultural Products
EC - New Vine Planting Rules

Federal Register

AMS - Cranberries Marketing Order Continuance Referendum
AMS - Cranberry Marketing Order Determination of Sales History
AMS - Honey Research and Promotion Order Assessment Rate Increase
AMS - Avocados Change in Maturity Requirements
AMS - Irish Potatoes Relaxation of the Handling Regulations
APHIS - Mango Hot Water Treatment
APHIS - Apples Imported from China
APHIS - Fresh Peppers from Peru
APHIS - Fresh Peppers from Ecuador
APHIS - Fresh Blackberry and Raspberry from Ecuador
APHIS - Papayas from Peru
EPA - Tree Nut Pesticide Petitions, except Almonds and Pistachios
EPA - Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Meeting
EPA - Sweet Corn Pesticide Tolerance
USDA - Meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

Agency Announcements

NOP - Is Organic an Option for Me?
PTO - New Plant Patents (3)

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (13)

Agency Reports

ARS - New Strawberry and Blackberry
RMA - Federal Crop Insurance Corp Business Report
RMA - Florida Fruit Tree Pilot


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

16 Apr 2015 - California Ag Receives Undue Blame

California agriculture has been targeted for its water use despite the fact that farm water has been sternly rationed in the state for more than two decades.


16 Apr 2015 - Asparagus Competes for Farm Labor

The asparagus season in Washington State began a little early this year and finds itself competing for farm labor due to increased hop acreage and apple thinning.



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