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Ending of diesel in California worries compost dealers

Daniel Pacheco, owner-operator of Lucky Diamond Trucking in Sonoma County, recently picked up a 24-ton order from Cold Creek Compost in Ukiah and hauled it two hours through Mendocino, Lake and Yolo counties before dumping... more »

FDA restructuring includes food safety regulatory arm

The Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing reorganization of its Human Food Program now includes a restructuring of the Office of Regulatory Affairs which could include a new name. Compliance functions currently managed within the Office... more »

Organic standards experts fight fraud, advocate for industry

Respected organic industry advisors and specialists Gwendolyn Wyard and Kim Dietz have launched Strengthening Organic Systems LLC. The advisory firm is focused entirely on organic fraud prevention, supply chain investigations and compliance with the USDA’s... more »

Coalition opposes bills to overhaul California water rights rules

As California experiences wild swings in climate from drought to floods, critics of the state’s water rights system seek to overhaul rules that date back to California’s founding in 1850. Three water rights bills are... more »

Food and ag summit tackles water, farm bill

The outlook for California’s agricultural economy shows some signs of improvement after several years of supply-chain constraints, high input costs and a multiyear drought that forced farmers to fallow acres and remove orchards. The June... more »

Specialty crop groups sign on to UK trade act

Specialty crop groups are part of a coalition urging Congress to support the Undertaking Negotiations on Investment and Trade for Economic Dynamism (UNITED) Act. The UNITED Act is designed to grant the president, in consultation... more »

GFVGA comments on FDA salmonella report, recommendations

A recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report on a summer 2022 outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to cantaloupe illustrates the agency’s disconnect with its food safety mission, according to the Georgia Fruit and... more »

Supreme Court decision narrows definition of WOTUS

The U.S. Supreme Court has narrowed the definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS) and areas regulated under the Clean Water Act. In a unanimous decision on May 25, the court limited the areas... more »

IFT analyzes low-cost traceability solutions

The Institute of Food Technologists has created a report based on the 90 submissions to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 2021 Low- or No-Cost Tech-Enabled Traceability Challenge. The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) report... more »

California pesticide report shows declining use

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has released its annual Pesticide Use Report for 2021 which confirmed preliminary data that showed a more than 10% statewide decline in pesticide use compared to the prior... more »

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