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From Federal Produce Policy
The West Coast Port’s labor standoff has been resolved but the backlog of cargo ship may take eight weeks to clear.
A bill introduced this year by state Senator Nathan Dahm will repeal the watermelon’s status as Oklahoma’s state vegetable.
Airports have always had space to spare, and now several airports are opting to use the land for beekeeping.
Federal Policy Updates
Updated February 26, 2015 3:30 PM ET
House - Budget Hearing: Department of Agriculture Marketing and Regulatory Programs
House - Budget Hearing: Food and Drug Administration
House - Budget Hearing: Department of Agriculture Research Agencies
AMS - Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee
AMS - Renewal of the Plant Variety Protection Board Charter
APHIS - Biennial Review and Republication of the Select Agent and Toxin List
APHIS - Methyl Bromide Fumigation of Figs
ARS - Reestablishment of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture
CCC - Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
EPA - Potato Pesticide Temporary Exemption
EPA - Watermelon Pesticide Tolerance
EPA - Citrus Pesticide Emergency Exemptions
FDA - Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
ITC - Trade and Investment Policies in India, 2014-2015
RMA - Incorporate legislative changes to the Federal Crop Insurance Act (Act) stemming from the Agricultural Act of 2014
USDA - Meeting of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues
NIFA - $160 Million Available in Funding for Food and Agriculture Research, Education, and Extension
NOP - National Organic Standards Board Training
PTO - New Plant Patents (5)
ERS - China’s Growing Demand for Agricultural Imports
ERS - Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade: February 2015
FAS - Pistachios: World Markets and Trade
FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (7)
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
According to the Government Accountabilities Office (GAO), the federal food safety system continues to be considered “high risk” and in need of drastic improvements.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released details of the proposed rule on unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, on Sunday, February 15, 2015.