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Independent grocers ask Congress to oppose SNAP restrictions

- Retail
NGA, the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, alongside independent community grocers nationwide, sent a letter yesterday to Congress opposing recent efforts within the FY2024 House Agriculture Appropriations bill to restrict SNAP purchases under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

IFPA calls for member action to demand wage relief

- General News
IFPA has announced support for the Supporting Farm Operations Act (HR 7046), an immediate and meaningful measure to address wage relief.

Congressional letter reflects angst over AEWR

- Analysis
A letter sent to Congress on January 11 urging a freeze on increases in the adverse effect wage rate (AEWR) reflects increased frustration among American growers with federal guestworker requirements.

House members send bipartisan letter requesting H-2A visa guestworker wage freeze

- General News
Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI) was joined by 74 of his colleagues on a bipartisan letter to House and Senate appropriations leaders requesting an H-2A visa guestworker wage freeze in an upcoming spending package.

Legislators hit at Kroger-Albertsons merger

- Analysis
The latest salvo in the war over the proposed merger between retail giants Kroger and Albertson has been fired by four U.S. senators and two U.S. Representatives, who in a December 11 letter urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to reject the merger.

Farm bill could be pushed back to 2025

- Analysis
The political outlook for 2024 and beyond was the subject of a Virtual Town Hall sponsored by the International Fresh Produce Association on November 29.

A look at IFPA as lobbyist

- Analysis
The fresh fruit and vegetable industry contends that these WIC cuts would be bad not only for American public health but for the industry itself.

Looking beyond the immigration stalemate

- Analysis
The British weekly The Economist is one of the world’s most influential news magazines. Despite its manifest oddities, it is also one of the best.

Produce procurement act: past and present

- Analysis
People in the industry may find something familiar in the Fresh Produce Procurement Act introduced in Congress last week. That’s because there is something familiar.

Fresh Produce Procurement Reform Act introduced in Congress

- General News
International Fresh Produce Association is applauding Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Reps. David Valadao (R-CA) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for introducing the Fresh Produce Procurement Reform Act.