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27 Aug 2015 - FSMA Regulations Deadline Approaches

The court imposed deadline for the Food and Drug Administration’s final rule on Preventive Controls for Human Food is nearing.


27 Aug 2015 - U.S. Farm Income Drops to Lowest Level in Nine Years

The U.S. farm incomes is expected to drop 36 percent this year, despite a report showing that California’s agriculture industry has posted record revenues during a historic drought.


27 Aug 2015 - Canadians Experience a Marketing Quota Problem

Canadian maple syrup farmer penalized with the confiscation of $46,000 worth of product for not complying with the strict production and sales requirements.


27 Aug 2015 - Germany Moves to Ban GMO Crops

The German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt intends to stop GMO crop cultivation in Germany.


27 Aug 2015 - Japan to Open Fully Automated Lettuce Factory

The fully automated lettuce factory is said to be able to produce 30,000 heads of lettuce per day with the “push of a button.”


Federal Policy Updates

Updated August 27, 2015 3:00 PM EDT

       Federal Register

EPA - Artichoke, Potato, Onion, Spinach, and more Pesticide Petitions
EPA - Artichoke, Ginseng, Stone Fruit, Tree Nuts Pesticide Tolerances
EPA - Certification of Pesticide Applicators
EPA - New Uses Pesticide Product Registrations
EPA - Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients
FDA - Meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene
ITC - Preserved Mushrooms from Chile, China, India, and Indonesia

Agency Announcements

AMS - USDA Cites Several Businesses for PACA Violations (3)
AMS - Marketing Orders, Best Practices, and FSMA
APHIS - FAVIR and Fruits and Vegetable Manual Updates
ARS - Gulfsnow, a New Peach Variety
FSA - Consider Risk Protection Coverage before Fall Crop Sales Deadlines
NASS - 2014 Organic Survey Report Delayed
PTO - New Plant Patents (5)

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (6)
FAS - Accepting Applications for 2016 Cocoa Fellowships for Asia

Agency Reports

CBO - An Update to the Budget and Economic Outlook: 2015 to 2025
ERS - Vegetables and Pulses Data
ERS - Fruit and Tree Nut Data
NASS - All Mushroom Value of Sales Approaches $1.23 Billion


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

20 Aug 2015 - Russia Destroys Banned Food from the West

Russia has started destroying banned food from Europe to increase its enforcement of the year-long ban.


20 Aug 2015 - China’s Economy Has Some Farmers Concerned

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