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Final preventive controls rule of FSMA sent to Federal Register

In compliance with a court deadline, the FDA has submitted the final preventive controls rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act to the Federal Register for publication. Although the rules have been submitted, no details have yet... more »

Powdery mildew on blueberries – not symptoms you’d expect

Powdery mildew, a warm-weather high-humidity disease, is present in some blueberry plantings. Lowbush, highbush, and rabbiteye blueberries are all affected. Symptoms on blueberries are different from those on most other plants, and could be mistaken... more »

Michigan spotted wing Drosophila report for Aug. 25

In the 11th week of monitoring spotted wing Drosophila (SWD), the summer increase continues with 95 percent of all of sites in the network reporting SWD in traps this week. The highest per trap average came from... more »

Apple Harvest Time: Managing pre-harvest and postharvest rots

The biggest disease concern this time of year is keeping fruit free of rots as they are nearing the home stretch of the season. The recent bouts of rain and prolonged warm weather are ideal... more »

USDA Webinar: ‘A Breach of Contract is Established Under PACA: Now What?’

The Agricultural Marketing Services' Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) Division presents "A Breach of Contract is Established Under PACA: Now What?" webinar to explore the steps after a breach of contract is determined. The webinar is scheduled for Sept. 10... more »

USDA offers assistance to farmers affected by Washington fires

Washington's farmers and ranchers affected by this year's devastating drought and wildfires may receive financial relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency according to FSA State Executive Director Judy Olson. “Many of our county... more »

USDA announces Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee meeting

The USDA's Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC) will meet on Sept. 15-16 in Washington, D.C. The meeting is open to the public. “This advisory committee represents the entire produce industry, and we look forward to... more »

High pressure from spotted wing Drosophila continues

The summer increase of spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) continues with 92 percent of all of sites in the network reporting SWD in traps this week. The highest per trap average came from the west central region, but... more »


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