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Jan 28, 2020

USDA rules Florida man not ‘responsibly connected’ in PACA case

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has determined that Jeff Pfaff was not “responsibly connected” to a Florida company that violated the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

Jan 21, 2020

Mission Produce start South African avocado partnership

Mission Produce Inc., Oxnard, is expanding its global avocado network with a partnership to market South African fruit to Europe and Asian markets, including China.

Jan 20, 2020

World Direct Shipping extends Port Manatee agreement

World Direct Shipping, Palmetto, Fla., has extended an agreement with Port Manatee, and added a third vessel to its service.

Jan 17, 2020

USDA plan changes fruit, vegetable rules for school meals

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing changes to school meal programs that could limit the variety of vegetables served at lunch and cut fruit servings at some breakfasts.

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement USMCA
Jan 16, 2020

Senate passes USMCA by large margin

Members of the produce industry are praising U.S. senators for their overwhelming support of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Jan 09, 2020

American Grown campaign seeks relief through consumer support

In the wake of trade deals that have left some U.S. produce growers unhappy about an influx of imported fruits and vegetables, the new American Grown campaign is taking its message to consumers instead of lawmakers.

Jan 05, 2020

Salix Fruits sees U.S. growth in 2019

Distributor Salix Fruits ended 2019 with 30% growth over 2018, in part because of its imported Argentine lemon program in the U.S.

Jan 02, 2020

National Mango Board accepting nominations for 3-year terms

The National Mango Board, Orlando, Fla., is seeking nominations for board members whose terms begin in 2021.

Dec 12, 2019

Pesticide report: More than 99% of produce samples in compliance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its Pesticide Data Program Annual Summary, detailing results from 2018 tests of residues on produce and other items.