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25 Jun 2015 - Congressman Valadao Introduces Western Water Legislation

U.S. Congressman Valadao (R-CA) introduced a bill to modernize water policies in California and throughout the entire Western United States.


25 Jun 2015 - U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Raisin Growers Marvin and Laura Horne

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the raisin reserve marketing order program requirement was unconstitutional.


25 Jun 2015 - Stabenow Introduces Legislation to Make COOL Voluntary

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) intends to propose legislation that would make Country-of-origin labeling for beef and pork voluntary.


25 Jun 2015 - TPA and TAA Pass Both Chambers

The long debated trade measures have passed both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.


Federal Policy Updates

Updated June 25, 2015 3:00 PM EDT

U.S. Congress

Legislation - House Ag Appropriations Delays Conservation Compliance


EC - New Treaty for the International Olive Council

Federal Register

AMS - Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops-Import Regulations
ARS - National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board Solicitation of Members
EPA - Protecting the Monarch Butterfly
EPA - Revisions to Minimum Risk Exemption

Agency Announcements

AMS - USDA Cites Several Businesses for PACA Violations (2)
AMS - Fruit and Vegetable Market News Organic Reporting
AMS - National Organic Standards Board Recommendations
APHIS - Partners with Pennsylvania to Fight the Spotted Lanternfly
APHIS - FAVIR and the Fruits and Vegetable Manual Updates
NOP - NOP 2403 Updated in NOP Handbook
PTO - New Plant Patents (9)
USDA - $150 Million to Support Water Quality and Quantity in Drought-Stricken California

International Trade

APHIS - Proposals for IPPC Work Program
APHIS - RCC Joint Forward Plan Stakeholder Teleconference June 30th
FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (2)

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

18 Jun 2015 - House Passes TPA

The U.S. House of Representatives voted for and narrowly passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), or Fast-Track, 218 to 208.


18 Jun 2015 - California Water Board Imposed Ban on Pumping

The California State Water Resources Control Board told more than 100 growers and irrigation districts to stop pumping water from rivers and streams in the Central Valley.



The Federal Register

Crop Profiles, Harvesting and Trade

Agency and Congressional Hearings

Congressional Legislation

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