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12 Dec 2014 - Omnibus Spending Bill Passes House; Tax Bill in Senate

The House of Representatives passed the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill to keep most of the government funded until September 2015.


12 Dec 2014 - Ag Committee Subcommittee Chairs Announced

The Agriculture Chairman-elect Mike Conaway announced the new subcommittee and their chairs for the 114th Congress.


12 Dec 2014 - Democrats Question GMO Labeling

At a hearing on GMO labeling several Democrats, along with several Republicans, spoke out against the need for mandatory GMO labeling.


12 Dec 2014 - Worst Drought in 1,200 Years in California

A recent study conducted by the American Geophysical Union found that the current California drought is the worst drought in at least 1,200 years.


12 Dec 2014 - Cranberry Growers Look for New Markets

In the last few years cranberry growers have had huge harvests, leading to a dramatic oversupply of cranberries.


Federal Policy Updates

Updated December 12, 2014 10:30 AM ET

        U.S. Congress

Legislation - Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015

Legislation - Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, and Information Order

Resolution - Executive Action on Immigration

Federal Register

AMS - Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

APHIS - Citrus: Biological Control Agent for Asian Citrus Psyllid

EPA - Pesticide Tolerance Exemption

EPA - Citrus, Leafy Vegetables, Cucumbers, and more, Pesticide Tolerances

EPA - Inert Ingredients Pesticide Tolerances: C.I. Pigment Yellow 1

EPA - Inert Ingredients Pesticide Tolerances: Diisopropanolamine

FDA - Foods Derived From New Plant Varieties

FDA - Food Advisory Committee Nominations

FDA - Nominations for Voting Members on the Food Advisory Committee

FDA - Uniform Compliance Date for Food Labeling Regulations

ITA - Garlic: Preliminary Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review

Agency Announcements

APHIS - Litchi and Longan: Revisions of the FAVIR and the Fruits and Vegetables Manual

Farmer Mac - Quarterly Dividends on Common and Preferred Stock

FDA - FSMA Deadlines Approach

NASS - Conducting 2014 Census of Horticulture

PTO - New Plant Patents (2)

RMA - Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Insurance Roll-Out

RMA - 2015 Crop Year Actuarial Document Changes Released

RMA - Whole-Farm Revenue Insurance Protection

USDA - Citrus Disease Subcommittee Meeting

USDA - 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (9)

USTR - U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade

Agency Reports

RMA - Federal Crop Insurance Corp Business Report

RMA - Puerto Rico Summary of Business Reports


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.

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