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IFPA supports introduction of Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act

- General News
The International Fresh Produce Association commends leadership of the House Committee on Education and Labor for its recent commitment to the health of U.S. children via the introduction of the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act, which includes several of IFPA’s recommendations including expanding access to school meals, providing funding for school kitchen equipment, extending WIC benefits to age six, and researching the impact of meal times on fruit and vegetable consumption.

IFPA joins call for Senate action on farm labor shortage and rising food costs

- General News
Today national and state agricultural leaders joined Republican Members of Congress – including U.S. Representatives Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Jim Baird (R-IN), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Mike Simpson (R-ID) – to call on Congress to pass bipartisan workforce solutions to address the farm labor shortage in order to combat inflation.

Congress passes Ocean Shipping Reform Act

- General News
In light of the final passage of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act, International Fresh Produce Association Chief Public Policy Office, Robert Guenther issued the following statement: “The bipartisan Ocean Shipping Reform Act (S. 3580) provides much needed relief for our nation’s ports, in particular for the fresh produce industry that relies heavily on reliable, efficient ocean transport of fresh produce.

Independent contractors: The seesaw teeters

- Analysis
One recurring element that is subject to the seesaws of partisan politics is the status of independent contractors versus paid employees, and it has a direct effect on truck drivers who deliver fresh produce.

IFPA leaders testify on challenges to House Agriculture Subcommittee

- General News
During a U.S. House Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research hearing titled “A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Horticulture and Urban Agriculture,” International Fresh Produce Association was represented by two of its members, Brie Reiter Smith of Driscoll’s, Inc. and Marc Oshima of AeroFarms, as they shared their perspectives on issues ranging from technology, innovation, social impact, nutrition, research, natural resources, and more.

IFPA supports increase in WIC produce benefits in appropriations bill

- General News
U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) released text of the 2022 Omnibus Appropriations bill overnight. The bill is expected to be voted on today by the House of Representatives.

Republican Congress members say USDA abused its authority with SNAP increase

- General News
WASHINGTON—Today, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer and House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Ranking Member Don Bacon (R-Neb.) wrote Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack about the 27% increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

The SF Market hosts Congressman for tour to address food insecurity

- General News
The SF Market – the Bay Area's source for fresh produce, welcomed Congressman James McGovern (D-MA), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, to its Bayview Hunter's Point facility on Thursday, August 19 during the Representative's national listening tour to help advance a comprehensive nationwide plan to end food insecurity in America.

FPAA and TIPA support bipartisan efforts to maintain the standard definitions in 2019 Tomato Suspension Agreement

- General News
The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas and the Texas International Produce Association applaud the efforts of Congressman Vicente Gonzalez in leading a bipartisan letter addressed to the Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, regarding a proposal to reinterpret parts of the 2019 Suspension Agreement on Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico (TSA).

George W. Bush pushes immigration reform

- Analysis
The latest organization to speak out in favor of immigration reform is the George W. Bush Institute. Is there a chance?