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Meal kit company Chef’d, others cited for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is restricting California and New York businesses from operating in the industry, including meal kit company Chef’d, which closed abruptly last July when it ran out of funds.
Feb 14, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Retail, #USDA, #PACA

Tucker: hydroponic organic certification is settled issue

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - U.S. Department of Agriculture organic certification of hydroponic operations is a settled issue, USDA National Organic Program Deputy Administrator Jennifer Tucker said Feb. 1.

USDA awards trade promotion funds to fight tariffs

About two dozen fresh produce and nut companies are recipients of funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s $200 million Agricultural Trade Promotion Program, to alleviate the effects of tariffs on exports.
Feb 01, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #USDA, #Exports, #Mexico, #China

Blueberry council seek new member nominations

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is seeking nominees to fill 26 of the 40 seats available on the council.

Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference growers move forward

After a tough year for the southeastern produce industry, more than 3,400 of those growers and packers started the new year afresh at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Ga.

USDA imposes sanctions on Peisel Markets, other businesses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failing to pay reparation awards issued through the Perishable Agriculture Commodities Act.
Nov 06, 2018 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #PACA, #USDA

USDA appoints members to the Hass Avocado Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has appointed nine members to the Hass Avocado Board.

Oct 17, 2018 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #USDA, #Avocados

Congressmen stress compromise on agricultural issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., set the stage for the March on Capitol Hill fresh produce industry leaders on Sept. 25.

Progress, barriers examined by USDA trade leader

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Defending the administration’s trade agenda but warning friction with China may not end soon, a trade official said the administration is hopeful Canada will approve an updated trade agreement.
Sep 25, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #Exports, #Mexico, #China, #Canada, #USDA

Idaho’s 2017 fresh potato prices raise national average

Sales of table stock potatoes in the 2017-18 season totaled 107 million cwt., a 6% drop from the previous year, but the national average price-per-cwt. rose $1.13, to $11.73, according to the USDA.