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08 Oct 2015 - $113 Million Awarded to Specialty Crop Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded more than $113 million in State Block Grants and Specialty Crop Research Initiative programs.


08 Oct 2015 - Fruits, Vegetables and Tree Nuts are Recommended

The 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines are under intense scrutiny but not for fruit, vegetables and tree nuts.


08 Oct 2015 - Nutrition Coalition is Born: A Good Political Science Case Study

The controversial dietary guidelines have ignited a new group to untie against what they call “shoddy science and conflicts of interest.”


08 Oct 2015 - China to Boost Potato Production

In January 2015, the government announced efforts to boost potato production.



Federal Policy Updates

Updated October 08, 2015 3:30 PM EDT

           U.S. Congress

House - Ag Chairman Release Statement on TPP
Senate - Ag Chairman Releases Statement on TPP
Senate - Finance Chairman Releases Statement on TPP
Senate - Ag Committee Hearing on Biotechnology
Legislation - Greater Congressional Oversight of Iran's Nuclear Program
Legislation - Assistance and Financing for Certain Exports to Cuba

Federal Register

AMS - Table Grape Marketing Order Amendments and Referendum
EPA - Inert Pesticide Tolerances (4)
EPA - Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee Public Meeting
ITA - Walnuts, Prunes and Figs Export Trade Certificate of Review
ITA - Fresh Garlic AD New Shipper Review
ITA - Preserved Mushrooms AD New Shipper Review

Agency Announcements

APHIS - Amended Host List for the Oriental Fruit Fly
NASS - Advice and Input from Stakeholders on Statistical Programs
NIFA - Seeks Applications for $16.8 Million in Grants to Empower SNAP Participants
NIFA - $3 Million in Funding for Critical Agriculture Production Research
NIFA - $17 Million to Support America’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
USDA - Statement from Agriculture Secretary on the TPP
USDA - $34.3 Million to Support Communities' Local Foods Infrastructure, Increase Access to Fruits and Vegetables
USTR - Summary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (6)

Agency Reports

ERS - Contract Labor Services in U.S. Farm Production
ERS - Nonoperator Women Spouses Contribute Substantial Time to Farming
ERS - Fruit and Tree Nuts Outlook: September 2015
RMA - 2016 Montana Cherry Crop Fact Sheet


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

01 Oct 2015 - EPA Announces Revision to Rules for Pesticide Use on Farms

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced several revisions to rules governing pesticide use on farms to better protect farmworkers on Monday, September 28, 2015.


01 Oct 2015 - Food Safety and the Specialty Crop Industry

It is difficult to determine when the U.S. started to take food safety seriously, but most food safety advocates will admit it has been a long and tortuous journey that has culminated to our current food safety obligations.



The Federal Register

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