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20 Nov 2015 - MAP and FMD Funding Announced for FY2016

The Foreign Agricultural Service will provide $172.8 million to 62 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives under MAP and $27.5 million to 23 trade organizations under FMD for the FY2016.


20 Nov 2015 - $18 Million for 1890 Land-Grant Universities Research, Education and Extension Activities

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 53 grants totaling more than $18 million to support research, teaching, and extension activities at 1890 historically black land-grant colleges and universities.

20 Nov 2015 - FSMA Produce Rule Released

The long-awaited FSMA rule on produce is available for review.


20 Nov 2015 - Omnibus Package Could Include GMO Labeling Provision

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) is pushing to have legislation passed before the end of the year.


20 Nov 2015 - Further Findings on Neonicotinoids

Neonicotinoid pesticides have been controversial due to their potential threat to honeybees, so much so that European governments have banned them.


20 Nov 2015 - Governor Hickenlooper Helps with Marijuana Problem

It has been unclear how to regulate marijuana pesticides.


20 Nov 2015 - U.S. and China Compete for Important Asia Market

President Obama and President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China offered competing visions for trade in Asia at the annual APEC summit.


Federal Policy Updates

Updated November 20, 2015 9:30 AM EDT

           U.S. Congress

Legislation - Nutrient Information on Food Labels


AGRI - Spain’s Final Rural Development Programs Approved

Federal Register

EPA - Inert Ingredient Tolerance Exemption
EPA - Certification of Pesticide Applicators: Comment Period Extend
EPA - Pesticide Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments: Comment Period Extended
FDA - Revocation of Standards of Identity for Jellies and Fruit Preserves
FTC - Fair Packaging and Labeling Act
USDA - Meeting: Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture
USITC - TPP: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors

Agency Announcements

AMS - USDA Cites Several Businesses for PACA Violations (6)
PTO - New Plant Patents (4)
RMA - Efficient Irrigation Contract Awarded

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (6)


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

12 Nov 2015 - U.S. Apple Exports Face Dumping Charges in Mexico

The Mexican government is contemplating the imposition of punitive duties on U.S. apple shippers due to allegations that they sold apples for less than the cost of production in 2013.


12 Nov 2015 - Glyphosate Unlikely to Cause Cancer

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the EU Member States have finalized the re-assessment of glyphosate, a chemical that is used widely in pesticides.



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