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29 Jan 2015 - A Strong Dollar Hurts Ag Exports

For many a strong dollar might seem like a good thing, but for exporters, it means diminished returns.


29 Jan 2015 -Beekeepers Struggle to Manage Bee Die-Offs

Honey bees, vital to the pollination of $15 billion of crops, including almonds, apples, and cherries, have been dying off at an alarming rate, increasing costs for beekeepers.

29 Jan 2015 - Should Farmworkers Get Paid Rest Breaks?

The Supreme Court of Washington State will hear a case on whether farmworkers, who get paid on how much they pick, should get paid for their rest breaks.


29 Jan 2015 - U.S. and China Reach Apple Deal

The U.S. and China reached a deal that could increase the exports of Washington apples to China.


Federal Policy Updates

Updated January 29, 2015 4:30 PM ET

          U.S. Congress
House - Hearing on President’s Budget

House - AG Committee Announce Subcommittee Assignments


EC - Organic Equivalence Arrangement with South Korea

Federal Register

AMS - Standards for Grades of Maple Syrup Revision

APHIS - Orange Importation from South Korea

APHIS - Lacey Act Information Collection

EPA - Lemon, Pineapple, and Mango Pesticide Petitions

Agency Announcements

AMS - USDA Cites Several Businesses for PACA Violations (2)

AMS - National Processed Raspberry Council Nominees

APHIS - Potatoes: New Import Conditions from Canada

NOP - Enforcement Policy Update

PTO - New Plant Patents (1)

RMA - Crop Insurance Deadlines Near in ID, OR, and WA

RMA - Planting Date Maps Updated for 2015 Crops

USDA - Expanded Market Access for U.S. Grown Apples to China

USDA - Nationwide Organic Survey Underway

USDA - Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program

USTR - WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (14)

Agency Reports

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

22 Jan 2015 - Oregon Blueberry Producers Settle Wage Dispute

Two Oregon blueberry producers recently settled a dispute with the federal government who claimed farm workers were being paid less than minimum wage.

22 Jan 2015 - GM Crops Could Be Planted in England as Early as 2017

The European Union passed a law that allows member states to cultivate GM crops.



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Agency and Congressional Hearings

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