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From Federal Produce Policy
The area affected by the historic drought stretches across a dozen states and includes agricultural land that produces half of the country’s fruits and vegetables.
The number of Latinos owning and running farms increased 21 percent from 2007 to 2012.
The Russian sanctions could devastate the Dutch agricultural sector, which exported more than $400 million of Dutch produce, including tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, in 2013 to Russia.
According to a Gallup poll, roughly half of all U.S. adults “actively” seek to add organic food to their diet.
Average farmland values across the Midwest have plateaued showing signs that the farmland market has cooled.
As the median age of farmers increases and costs of inputs increases, is farming a viable career path for a young person who wants to take the risk on a farm?
Federal Policy Updates
Updated August 21, 2014 2:00 PM ET
EC - Support Measures for EU Fruit and Vegetable Producers
AMS - Honey: Standard of Identity
EPA - Voluntary Cancellation of Pesticide Tolerances
EPA - Potato Experimental Use Permit
FDA - Food Advisory Committee Meeting
FDA - Channels of Trade Policy for Commodities with Pesticide Residue
NASS - Organic Survey Renewal
AMS - USDA Cites Several Businesses for PACA Violations (3)
APHIS - Lacey Act Information Collection Renewal
NASS - 2017 Census of Agriculture
NOP - Instructions for Use of the Word “Organic”
PTO - New Plant Patents (5)
RMA - Farm Bill Updates and Information
USDA - $25 Millions in Value-Added Producer Grants
USDA - Arctic Grayling Not Protected under ESA
FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (15)
FAS - Fresh Deciduous Fruit: World Trade Markets and Trade
IR-4 - Monthly Activity 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.
Recent Produce News
Europe is preparing to compensate its fruit and vegetable producers who will be negatively affected by Russia’s import ban.
A small-scale farmer expressed his concerns over the viability of small-scale farming in a recent opinion article from The New York Times.