Aug 19, 2015
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 hearing their updates as we work with this vital sector to achieve common goals” said Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Anne Alonzo, whose agency oversees the FVIAC.

At the meeting, FVIAC members will review the status of their previous recommendations to the Secretary. They will also discuss the progress made by the FVIAC’s five Working Groups, which cover the following topics:  1) Ports of Entry Inspection Delays, 2) Research and Grant Funding, 3) Agricultural Labor, 4) Education and Branding, and 5) Food Safety. All of the working groups will also meet separately during the two-day meeting.

All individuals interested in submitting comments related to the fruit and vegetable industry must submit them 10 business days in advance of the meeting date. To submit comments and/or to arrange for special accommodations, contact Committee Designated Federal Officer Pamela Stanziani at (202) 720-3334 or e-mail [email protected].

Additional information on the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee is available online on the AMS website.

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