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21 Aug 2014 - Drought in West Prompts Fear of Water Crisis

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.

21 Aug 2014 - Latino Presence in Farm Management and Ownership Increases

The number of Latinos owning and running farms increased 21 percent from 2007 to 2012.


21 Aug 2014 - Will Dutch produce be sent to the US?

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.


21 Aug 2014 - Who’s more likely to Eat Organic?

According to a Gallup poll, roughly half of all U.S. adults “actively” seek to add organic food to their diet.

21 Aug 2014 - Midwestern Farmland Value Remained Stagnant in 2nd Quarter

Average farmland values across the Midwest have plateaued showing signs that the farmland market has cooled.

21 Aug 2014 - The Viability of Small Scale Farming – Editorial

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

    Federal Register

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

Agency Announcements

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

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (15)

FAS - Fresh Deciduous Fruit: World Trade Markets and Trade

Agency Reports

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

14 Aug 2014 - Russian Sanctions Offset by EC

Europe is preparing to compensate its fruit and vegetable producers who will be negatively affected by Russia’s import ban.

14 Aug 2014 - Small-Scale Farmers Working in the Red

A small-scale farmer expressed his concerns over the viability of small-scale farming in a recent opinion article from The New York Times.



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