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Retail food prices climb in April

April prices for food purchased at grocery stores were up 2.7% from March and 4.1% above year-ago levels, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported.

National Onion Association asks for direct aid to onion growers

U.S. onion growers should be paid $5 for every 50-pound bag of onions they have had to dump or donate because of the COVID-19 crisis and the subsequent loss of foodservice sales.

A rocky road to stability as pandemic stretches on

The road to the new normal as the COVID-19 crisis continues is a rocky one for many in the fresh produce industry.

Drop payment limits, lawmakers tell Trump administration

Drop payments limits to fresh produce growers in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, Democratic and Republic Congressional lawmakers told the Trump Administration on April 23.

United Fresh and USDA offer Buy Fresh web seminar

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service and the United Fresh Produce Association will partner on an April 23 web seminar discussing details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Purchase and Distribution Program.

USDA offers web seminar on $300 million COVID-19 purchase program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering a web seminar on April 21 to explain details of its “Buy Fresh” program funded through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

USDA delays enforcement of country-of-origin laws at stores

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is easing country-of-origin requirements to allow fresh produce that has been packed for foodservice operators to be diverted to retailers as demand shifts during the pandemic.

USDA relaxes regulations for imports of Chinese pears

Import requirements for Chinese fragrant pears have been relaxed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA seeks opinions on AMS grant process

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is conducting a survey about grants awarded through its Agricultural Marketing Service.

Western Growers: PACA should cover all claims during crisis

The fresh produce industry is facing unprecedented losses with the COVID-19 pandemic according to Western Growers, which is asking the USDA to cover all PACA claims to ensure produce sellers are fully protected.