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California fines Florida company $2 million in ‘organic’ herbicide case

California regulators that oversee the state’s organic standards has fined a Florida company almost $2 million for labeling and selling a product containing synthetic herbicides as an organic product. The $1.89 million fine, announced June... more »

FDA issues draft guidance for FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued updated draft guidance for industry with respect to “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.”  The purpose of the guidance, or guidelines,... more »

Specialty crop block grants on agenda for California ag board meeting

Growers will have a chance to discuss policy issues with the California Board of Food and Agriculture at an upcoming meeting. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 2... more »

CDFA schedules fertilizer conference

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) will host their 26th annual fertilizer research conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel in... more »

Vacancies announced on California organic advisory committee

The California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) hopes to fill nine vacancies on its 30-person committee. COPAC is the advisory body of the California State Organic Program (SOP). It advises the secretary of the California... more »

Officials to give updates on California water conditions

Federal and state officials will give updates on current California water conditions and the outlook for this summer at an upcoming meeting of the California Department of Food and Agriculture10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April... more »

California ag secretary visits fire-damaged orchards

The recent holiday season collapsed in flames for thousands of Ventura and Santa Barbara County residents in the path of the catastrophic Thomas Fire. It is considered the largest fire in California history, burning nearly... more »

New organic regulations coming for California growers

California is the leading agricultural state in the country and we are proud of the products that are grown and produced here. The laws and regulations that are in place protect consumers, producers, handlers, processors,... more »

Medflies found in California’s San Mateo County; quarantine issued

Part of California’s San Mateo County has been placed under quarantine for the Mediterranean fruit fly, or Medfly, following the detection of two Medflies in the city of Half Moon Bay. The California Department of... more »

Tests in California show low pesticide levels on produce

Tests on produce collected by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation indicate the vast majority of fruits and vegetables available for sale in California meet stringent federal pesticide safety standards. During its 2014 survey, DPR... more »

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