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16 Apr 2015 - California Ag Receives Undue Blame

California agriculture has been targeted for its water use despite the fact that farm water has been sternly rationed in the state for more than two decades.

 

16 Apr 2015 - Asparagus Competes for Farm Labor

The asparagus season in Washington State began a little early this year and finds itself competing for farm labor due to increased hop acreage and apple thinning.

 

16 Apr 2015 - Labor Dispute Heads to the 5th District Court of Appeals

Gerawan Farming is appealing a state mandatory mediation and conciliation process alleging that it is unconstitutional.

 

Federal Policy Updates

Updated April 16, 2015 12:30 PM ET

         U.S. Congress

Legislation - Waters of the U.S.
Legislation - Tax Reform: Charitable Deductions to Agricultural Research
Legislation - TPA Agreement Announced
Senate - Agriculture Committee Hearing on Agriculture Trade with Cuba

Federal Register

EPA - Fruit and Vegetable Pesticide Product Registration
EPA - Citrus Canker Pesticide Exemption
EPA - Artichoke, Cranberry, Cucumber, Grape Pesticide Tolerances

Agency Announcements

AMS - USDA Cites Several Businesses for PACA Violations (3)
ARS - July is National Watermelon Month
PTO - New Plant Patents (5)
USDA - Organic Industry Growth

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (8)

Agency Reports

ERS - Taxable Farm Income Increased in 2012
RMA - Federal Crop Insurance Corp Business Report

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Recent Produce News

09 Apr 2015 - Almonds Targeted as Drought Continues

Almonds are being targeted amid California’s ongoing drought and Governor Brown’s recent mandate to reduce urban water use. A gallon of water produces an almond says critics.

 

09 Apr 2015 - USDA Sued over Organic Rule

A coalition of grocers, seed growers, and consumer and environmental advocates file a lawsuit against USDA for new rule on how nonorganic substances are maintained on the National List.

 

 

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