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11 Feb 2016 - President’s Budget for FY2017

The President’s FY 2017 Budget provides $24.6 billion in discretionary resources for the Department of Agriculture.


11 Feb 2016 - Vegetable Prices Higher Than Usual

Some crops were delayed as much as five weeks, leaving a supply gap and causing prices to increase.


11 Feb 2016 - Making Money on Crop Insurance

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a report showing that “most farmers make money by just buying a crop insurance policy.”


11 Feb 2016 - Sprawling Texas Ranch Sold to Billionaire

A massive 535,000-acre ranch will be sold to billionaire and Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke in a deal that was approved by a court on Tuesday.


Federal Policy Updates

Updated February 11, 2016 3:00 PM EDT

          U.S. Congress

Legislation - California Long-Term Provisions for Water Supply and Short-Term Provisions for Emergency Drought Relief Act
U.S. House - Agriculture Subcommittee Releases Instructions for Submitting Written Testimony for Fiscal Year 2017


AGRI - Promotion of EU Agricultural Products
AGRI - EC and Colombia Organic Product Agreement Talks
AGRI - EC and Mexico Organic Product Agreement Talks

Federal Register

EPA - Corn Pesticide Petition
EPA - Carrot, Plum, Prune, Tree Nuts, etc. Pesticide Tolerances
EPA - Pesticide Product Registration: Correction and Reopening of Comment Period
EPA - Inert Ingredient Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance
EPA - Inert Ingredient Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance
FSIS - Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food
ITA - Export Trade Certificate of Review: The Great Lakes Fruit Exporters Association, LLC

Agency Announcements

FDA - $5.1 billion total for FY 2017
NIFA - $20 Million in Grants for Citrus Greening Research
PTO - New Plant Patents (4)

International Trade

FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (12)

Agency Reports

ERS - Dips in Farm Sector Profitability Expected Into 2016


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

04 Feb 2016 - Cauliflower Quickly Becomes Carb Counter Favorite

A lack of supply has caused a frenzy over the new starchy food substitute.


04 Feb 2016 - California Almond Prices Drop Substantially

Almonds priced as high as $5 last summer are now selling for $3.10 per pound.



The Federal Register

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Agency and Congressional Hearings

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