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17 Apr 2014 - MAP and FMD Allocations Announced

The Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program 2014 funding were released. 

17 Apr 2014 - New Breeding Techniques Speed up the Natural Process

Scientists are looking to speed up the process of plant selection by DNA screening.

17 Apr 2014 - Bat Decline Could Greatly Affect Agriculture

The white-nose syndrome affecting bat populations in the eastern half of the U.S. could have a damaging effect on the country’s agriculture industry.

17 Apr 2014 - Bringing the Birds Back to Central Valley

A new program pays farmers to flood their lands to help restore important habitats to migrating birds.

Federal Policy Updates

Updated April 17, 2014 12:30 PM ET


EP - Deal on Promoting EU Farm Produce

Federal Register

APHIS - Importation of Mangoes from Jamaica

APHIS - Pine Shoot Beetle Quarantined Areas

APHIS - Asian Longhorned Beetle Quarantined Areas

CCC - Market Access Program Funds

CCC - Quality Samples Program Funds

CCC - Emerging Markets Program Funds

CCC - Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program Funds

CCC - Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program Funds

EPA - New Active Ingredients Registrations

EPA - Correction: Pesticide Registration Cancellation Orders

FDA - Standards of Identity for Honey

FDA - Compliance Policy Guide for Ackee

FDA - Recordkeeping and Records for Food Facilities

USDA - National Agriculture Research Board Meeting

Agency Announcements

AMS - USDA Cites Several Businesses for PACA Violations (4)

EPA - Missouri Company Pays Fine for Pesticide Violations

EPA - Stops NJ Company from Selling Illegal Pesticides

NIFA - Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program Grant

USDA - Disaster Assistance Programs

International Trade

APHIS - Citrus: Revision of the FAVIR and the Fruits and Vegetables Manual

FAS - Funding Available to Help Expand Export Markets

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (4)

Agency Reports

ERS - How the Drought in CA Effects Food

RMA - Federal Crop Insurance Corp Business Report

RMA - Organic Farm Practices


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

10 Apr 2014 - California Land Prices Continue to Increase

A recent study showed that land and lease values in California continue to increase primarily due to increased profitability from crops and scarce land for sale. 

10 Apr 2014 - BRICS Countries Facing Increased Risk

Be careful where you export your specialty crops. The five emerging markets known as the BRICS political ratings were downgraded due to political instability. 


The Federal Register

Agency and Congressional Hearings

Congressional Legislation

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