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President Biden’s future legacy

- Analysis
I am deliberately writing this on the day of the election. So nothing I say can be taken as reflecting on what did and didn’t or should have or shouldn’t have happened in the mid-term election.

Beyond the free-trade ideal

- Analysis
The Biden administration and its predecessor are more marked by contrasts than resemblances, but in one important area, their policies have been remarkably consistent: foreign trade.

Biden signs Ocean Shipping Reform Act

- General News
In a rare showing of bipartisan unity, Congress has passed the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022, a bill that was signed by President Joe Biden on Thursday and was welcomed by many business interests, including those in the produce industry.

USApple supports USTR ag trade negotiator nominee

- General News
The U.S. Apple Association today applauded President Biden’s announcement that he intends to nominate Doug McKalip to be chief agricultural trade negotiator in the White House Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

PBH, IFPA support White House conference on hunger, nutrition, and health

- General News
The Produce for Better Health Foundation applauds today’s announcement that the White House has scheduled a conference on hunger, nutrition and health for September 2022, which is, coincidentally, National Fruits & Veggies Month.

NGA urges Biden Administration to grant vaccine mandate grocery exemption

- Retail
The National Grocers Association, the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, has written a letter to the Biden administration urging the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to consider exempting businesses in the food supply chain from the COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Mandate following the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to lift the stay on the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS).

United Fresh encouraged by Biden administration’s efforts to relieve supply chain problems

- General News
This week there were a couple of important initiatives by the U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Agriculture designed to help alleviate ongoing workforce and supply chain challenges.

The Biden administration’s view of trade

- General News
Just as Joe Biden brings a dramatically different approach to the U.S. presidency than Donald Trump, so he does when it comes to trade.

Biden selects Vilsack as Ag Secretary nominee

- General News
President-elect Joe Biden has selected former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for the same role in his administration.