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California organic program has vacancies on advisory committee

The California State Organic Program’s (SOP) advisory board, the California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC), has announced it is looking to fill nine vacancies on the 30-person committee. COPAC advises the secretary of the California... more »

California to hear updates on water conditions

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will hear updates by federal and state officials on current water conditions and the outlook for this summer at its upcoming meeting on Tuesday, April 3, 2018... more »

PMA vice president hired by FDA for produce safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has hired James Gorny, Vice President of Food Safety and Technology at the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) as the FDA's Senior Science Advisor for Produce Safety. Gorny will assume... more »

Medfly quarantine declared in California’s San Mateo

Two Mediterranean fruit flies (medflies), detected in the city of Half Moon Bay have prompted a quarantine in California’s San Mateo County. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is working with the USDA and... more »

FDA Commissioner talks regulation of hurricane-hit crops

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., has issued a statement about crops impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and FDA’s work with farmers affected by the storms. Read the full statement below. ... more »

Compliance guide issued under Produce Safety Rule

The FDA has issued a Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG),  to help small businesses comply with the Produce Safety Rule mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) standards. The "Standards for the Growing, Harvesting,... more »

Michigan wetlands program review requested

Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce are asking the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Administrator, Scott Pruitt, that the agency conduct a second review of the state’s Clean Water Act permitting... more »

US House rolls back pesticide restrictions

The U.S. House of Representatives on May 24 approved bipartisan legislation to eliminate "an unnecessary, duplicative, and costly regulatory process under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the approved use of pesticides." According to a news release, H.R.... more »

How California growers are producing a better environment

Across California, agriculture producers are increasingly recognizing their responsibility to contribute to a healthier environment. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is calling attention to this portfolio of profiles compiled by American Farmland Trust... more »

EPA’s move on Waters of the US rule gets support

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall on May 9 praised the EPA's  decision to collaborate closely with governors regarding revision of the Waters of the United States rule. “EPA Administrator Pruitt’s decision to consult... more »

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