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From Federal Produce Policy
For many a strong dollar might seem like a good thing, but for exporters, it means diminished returns.
Honey bees, vital to the pollination of $15 billion of crops, including almonds, apples, and cherries, have been dying off at an alarming rate, increasing costs for beekeepers.
The Supreme Court of Washington State will hear a case on whether farmworkers, who get paid on how much they pick, should get paid for their rest breaks.
The U.S. and China reached a deal that could increase the exports of Washington apples to China.
Federal Policy Updates
Updated January 29, 2015 4:30 PM ET
House - Hearing on President’s Budget
House - AG Committee Announce Subcommittee Assignments
EC - Organic Equivalence Arrangement with South Korea
AMS - Standards for Grades of Maple Syrup Revision
APHIS - Orange Importation from South Korea
APHIS - Lacey Act Information Collection
EPA - Lemon, Pineapple, and Mango Pesticide Petitions
AMS - USDA Cites Several Businesses for PACA Violations (2)
AMS - National Processed Raspberry Council Nominees
APHIS - Potatoes: New Import Conditions from Canada
NOP - Enforcement Policy Update
PTO - New Plant Patents (1)
RMA - Crop Insurance Deadlines Near in ID, OR, and WA
RMA - Planting Date Maps Updated for 2015 Crops
USDA - Expanded Market Access for U.S. Grown Apples to China
USDA - Nationwide Organic Survey Underway
USDA - Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program
USTR - WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement
FAS - Global Agricultural Information Network Reports (14)
RMA - Federal Crop Insurance Corp Business Report
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
Two Oregon blueberry producers recently settled a dispute with the federal government who claimed farm workers were being paid less than minimum wage.
The European Union passed a law that allows member states to cultivate GM crops.