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18 Sep 2014 - California Groundwater Law Signed by Governor

The Governor of California signed a bill that brought groundwater under government regulation. 

18 Sep 2014 - Surge in Claims Forces EU to Suspend Aid

Following a surge of claims, the EU suspended its aid to growers affected by the Russian ban on fruits and vegetables.


18 Sep 2014 - Specialty Crop State Block Grants and Research Initiative

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will announce more than $100 million of grants for specialty crops in the coming months.


18 Sep 2014 - What Can Consumer Price Index Tell Us?

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for food is a measure of average prices for a representative basket of retail food items. 


18 Sep 2014 - Will the Red Delicious Become an Heirloom?

The reign of the Red Delicious apple may soon be coming to an end.


Federal Policy Updates

Updated September 18, 2014 3:00 PM ET


Senate - Chairman Wyden on Tax Extenders

        Federal Register

APHIS - Importation of Mangoes from Jamaica

APHIS - Environmental Assessment of Asian Citrus Psyllid Control

APHIS - Tomato Importation Information Collection Process

EPA - Pesticide Program Public Sector Collection Renewal

EPA - Risks to Endangered and Threatened Species from Pesticides

EPA - Integrated Endocrine Activity and Exposure-based Prioritization and Screening

EPA - Inert Ingredient Tolerance Exemptions

FAS - Exporter Assistance Programs

ITA - Mushrooms for China

NASS - Agricultural Labor Survey Extension

NASS - Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics Nominations

Agency Announcements

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

APHIS - Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Programs

FSA - Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program

PTO - New Plant Patents

USDA - Citrus Greening Aid

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (6)

FAS - Raisins: World Market and Trade

USTR - TTIP Stakeholders Session

Agency Reports

ARS - Compound Might Prove Useful Against Pecan Scab

RMA - Federal Crop Insurance Corp Business Report

RMA - 2014 Data Indemnity Maps


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

11 Sep 2014 - El Nino Will Not Likely Bring Much Water for California

Climate Prediction Center in College Park, MD does not believe that a strong El Nino will develop this fall.

11 Sep 2014 - APHIS Seeks to Reduce Approval Process for All Fruits and Vegetable Imports

Under the proposed rule, all new fruit and vegetable imports into the U.S. will be approved via a notice-based process rather than a rulemaking process.


The Federal Register

Agency and Congressional Hearings

Congressional Legislation

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