PMA provides guidance on 2020 Dietary Guidelines released in report

On July 15, U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services released the Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which will serve as the foundation for the Dietary Guidelines.  The publication... more »

Additional commodities eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

USDA announced July 9  an initial list of additional commodities that have been added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), and that USDA has made other adjustments to the program based on comments received... more »

USDA, Western Growers respond to undertaking required by Chinese customs

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., issued the following statement on June 24 regarding food export restrictions pertaining to COVID-19: “The United States understands the concerns of consumers... more »

Report: COVID-19 hitting California agriculture hard

California farms, ranches and agricultural businesses will suffer billions of dollars in COVID-19-related losses this year. According to an economic study released June 24, the state’s agricultural sector already has lost $2 billion and could... more »

University of California Extension academics, including pear expert, retiring

Ten University of California Cooperative Extension academics, including noted pear expert Rachel Elkins, are set to retire July 1. Elkins, UC Cooperative Extension pomology farm advisor for Lake and Mendocino counties, plans to retire July 1 after 36 years... more »

Michigan State University researcher gets $9.8M to study low-moisture food safety

Low-moisture foods, like cereals and flour, dried fruit and nuts, have been recalled repeatedly in the last few years, posing health risks to consumers and economic threats to businesses. Bradley Marks, professor and chair of... more »

Western Growers: Specialty crops not accessing USDA direct payments

As of June 15, USDA had allocated nearly $2.9 billion of $16 billion in direct payments as part of its Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Specialty crops continue to lag other sectors of the agriculture industry,... more »

Naturipe Snacks announces new sweet and smart product offerings

To better connect with the snacking category’s core consumers, Naturipe Snacks™ is unveiling a refreshed look and new products at the United Fresh LIVE! online expo and conference starting June 15. Naturipe’s original Snacks product... more »

Idaho ag department awards $1.8 million in specialty crop grants

Interest in the Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s annual specialty crop program was up considerably this year compared with last year. ISDA has announced it will award a total of $1.8 million this year to... more »

USDA releases 2018 Puerto Rico Census of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released on June 9 the 2018 Census of Agriculture data for Puerto Rico. The information was collected directly from farmers by the Puerto Rico Department... more »

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