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11 Sep 2014 - El Nino will not Likely Bring much Water for California

Climate Prediction Center in College Park, MD does not believe that a strong El Nino will develop this fall.

11 Sep 2014 - Georgia: The Peach Blueberry State

Will Georgia’s license plate read The Blueberry State?


11 Sep 2014 - The Decline of New Mexico’s Green Chile Peppers

One of New Mexico’s and U.S.’s most famous products is being threatened by imports and small harvests.

11 Sep 2014 - APHIS Seeks to Reduce Approval Process for All Fruits and Vegetable Imports

Under the proposed rule, all new fruit and vegetable imports into the U.S. will be approved via a notice-based process rather than a rulemaking process.

Federal Policy Updates

Updated September 11, 2014 3:30 PM ET


House - Surface Water Storage Streamlining Act

House - Waters of the U.S.

Senate - Nomination for Under Secretary of Ag for Rural Development

Senate - Nomination for Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement


EC - Suspension of Emergency Support Measures

Federal Register

AMS - National Organic Standards Board Meeting

AMS - Rate Charges for AMS Services

APHIS - Standard for the Importation and Interstate Movement of Fruits and Vegetables EPA - Apple Pesticide Tolerance: Sulfentrazone

EPA - Stipulated Injunction on Streamside No-Spray Buffer Zones

ITA - Export Trade Certificate of Review

Agency Announcements

EPA - Tribal Pesticide Program Council Meeting

NOP - NOSB Fall 2014 Meeting

NOP - Cost Share Resource

USDA - Building Organic Partnerships

USDA - $328 Million to Conserve Wetlands and Farmland

USDA - Council for Native American Farming and Ranching Appointments

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (9)

Agency Reports

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

04 Sep 2014 - Drought in California

A recent article from The Washington Post debunked several myths surrounding the drought in California.

04 Sep 2014 - GMO Labeling Debate Spurs Spending

U.S. GMO labeling supporters and opponents increase lobbying spending in first half of this year over 2013.



The Federal Register

Agency and Congressional Hearings

Congressional Legislation

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