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26 Feb 2015 - Nine-Month Labor Standoff Comes to an End

The West Coast Port’s labor standoff has been resolved but the backlog of cargo ship may take eight weeks to clear.

 

26 Feb 2015 - Is Oklahoma’s State Vegetable, the Watermelon, a fruit? Food Fight?

A bill introduced this year by state Senator Nathan Dahm will repeal the watermelon’s status as Oklahoma’s state vegetable.

 

26 Feb 2015 - Bees Cleared for Landing at Airports

Airports have always had space to spare, and now several airports are opting to use the land for beekeeping.

 

Federal Policy Updates

Updated February 26, 2015 3:30 PM ET

         U.S. Congress

House - Budget Hearing: Department of Agriculture Marketing and Regulatory Programs

House - Budget Hearing: Food and Drug Administration

House - Budget Hearing: Department of Agriculture Research Agencies

Federal Register

AMS - Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee

AMS - Renewal of the Plant Variety Protection Board Charter

APHIS - Biennial Review and Republication of the Select Agent and Toxin List

APHIS - Methyl Bromide Fumigation of Figs

ARS - Reestablishment of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture

CCC - Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

EPA - Potato Pesticide Temporary Exemption

EPA - Watermelon Pesticide Tolerance

EPA - Citrus Pesticide Emergency Exemptions

FDA - Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

ITC - Trade and Investment Policies in India, 2014-2015

RMA - Incorporate legislative changes to the Federal Crop Insurance Act (Act) stemming from the Agricultural Act of 2014

USDA - Meeting of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues

Agency Announcements

NIFA - $160 Million Available in Funding for Food and Agriculture Research, Education, and Extension

NOP - National Organic Standards Board Training

PTO - New Plant Patents (5)

International Trade

ERS - China’s Growing Demand for Agricultural Imports

ERS - Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade: February 2015

FAS - Pistachios: World Markets and Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (7)

Agency Reports

RMA - Federal Crop Insurance Corp Business Report

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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

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According to the Government Accountabilities Office (GAO), the federal food safety system continues to be considered “high risk” and in need of drastic improvements.

 

19 Feb 2015 - Many Disappointed by the Proposed Drone Rules from FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released details of the proposed rule on unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, on Sunday, February 15, 2015.

 

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