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18 Dec 2014 - How will Cuba alter the U.S. Specialty Crop Industry?

President Obama begins normalizing relations with Cuba after 54 years of tense relations.


18 Dec 2014 - Your Plate, Mexican Farm Worker’s Fate

The L.A. Times recently published a report on the harsh conditions that farm laborers are forced to endure on Mexican farms.


Federal Policy Updates

Updated December 18, 2014 3:30 PM ET

          U.S. Congress

Legislation – Senate Passed Tax Extenders


EC - Market Support for Perishable Fruit and Vegetable Continues in 2015

EC - EU-28 Real Agricultural Income Down

Federal Register

AMS - Organic Assessment Exemption

EPA - Pineapple Pesticide Tolerance Exemption

EPA - Papaya, Carrot, Avocado, Peach Pesticide Petitions

EPA - Pesticide Registration Cancellation Orders

EPA - Labeling of Pesticide Products and Devices for Export

FSA - Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program

USDA - New Environmental Quality Incentives Program Rule

Agency Announcements

AMS - USDA Cites Several Businesses for PACA Violations (2)

APHIS - Apples and Pears from the EU Pest List

APHIS - Peppers: Importation from Colombia

APHIS - Fresh Mangosteen Fruit: Importation from the Philippines

APHIS - Opportunities in Phytosanitary Irradiation for Fresh Produce Workshop

IR-4 - 2015 Tentative/Scheduled Studies

NIFA - Robotics Research Grants to Improve Agriculture Production, Efficiency

NOP - Handbook in Spanish

PTO - New Plant Patents (2)

RMA - December 31 Sales Closing Date Near for Crop Insurance

USDA - Historic New Course for U.S.-Cuba Relations

USDA - Agricultural Projections to 2024

USDA - U.S.-China Joint Committee on Commerce and Trade

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (14)

Agency Reports

NASS - Potato Stocks

RMA - Federal Crop Insurance Corp Business Report

RMA - Crop Fact Sheets (3)


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

12 Dec 2014 - Omnibus Spending Bill Passes House; Tax Bill in Senate

The House of Representatives passed the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill to keep most of the government funded until September 2015.


12 Dec 2014 - Democrats Question GMO Labeling

At a hearing on GMO labeling several Democrats, along with several Republicans, spoke out against the need for mandatory GMO labeling.



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