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26 Mar 2015 - New Definition for “Actively Engaged” Farmers who Receive Subsidies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed a new definition for “actively engaged” farmers who receive some subsidies.


26 Mar 2015 - Crops Rot as Mexican Labor Disputes Continues

Labor disputes in Baja California, Mexico, have almost brought the winter harvest to a halt.


Federal Policy Updates

Updated March 26, 2015 4:00 PM ET

         U.S. Congress

Legislation - Management of Invasive Species

Legislation - Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

Federal Register

AMS - Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops-Import Regulations

APHIS - Importation of Peppers from Certain Central American Countries

APHIS - Importation of Fruits and Vegetables

APHIS - Hawaiian and Territorial Fruits and Vegetables Regulations

APHIS - Importation of Mangoes from Australia

APHIS - Potato Cyst Nematode Quarantine and Regulations

EPA - Pesticide Tolerance Exemption

EPA - All Food Pesticide Tolerance

EPA - Banana Pesticide Tolerance

FDA - FSMA Public Meeting

FSA - Rural Business Development Grant

ITA - Fresh Garlic from China Changed Circumstances Review

USDA - Limit Payments to Non-Farmers

Agency Announcements

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

AMS - USDA Farmers Market Seeks Vendors for 2015 Market

APHIS - Mediterranean Fruit Fly Host Commodities Imports Restricted

NOP - Nanotechnology in Organic Production and Handling

PTO - New Plant Patents (1)

RMA - Crop Insurance Policy Data for Select Commodities

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (6)

Agency Reports

ERS - Fruit and Vegetable Prices

ERS - 2015 Vegetable and Pulses Yearbook

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

19 Mar 2015 - Food Giants Chase Organic Shoppers

Consumers loyal to higher priced organic food are being targeted by larger companies desiring to drive up sales.


19 Mar 2015 - Agricultural Coexistence between Biotech and non-GMOs

Can Biotech and non-GMO crops grow side by side? U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, urged the two sides to find ways to coexist at a two-day summit on “agricultural coexistence.”


The Federal Register

Agency and Congressional Hearings

Congressional Legislation

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