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USDA seeks input on new grant program addressing labor issues

- General News
USDA is gathering input to help shape a recently announced planned grant program focused on improving the resiliency of our food and agricultural supply chain by addressing labor shortages in agriculture, reducing irregular migration through increased use of legal pathways, and improving labor protections for farmworkers.

USDA expands SNAP online shopping, adds retailers

- General News
The USDA, in partnership with states, territories and retailers across the country, continues to expand opportunities for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, participants to conveniently shop online for groceries.

NY produce firm satisfies terms of consent decision for alleged PACA violations

- General News
In a complaint filed on Sept. 30, 2019, the USDA alleged that New York Mart Group Inc., Long Island City, N.Y., failed to make full payment promptly in the total amount of $896,107 to 23 sellers for multiple lots of produce in violation of the PACA.

USDA restricts five PACA violators in four states

- General News
USDA has imposed sanctions on five produce businesses for failing to meet contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and failing to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).

USDA files PACA action against Florida company

- General News
USDA has filed an administrative complaint against Burbano Corporation, doing business as CasaBella Farms Corp. (Burbano) for alleged violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

USDA files PACA action against Puerto Rico firm

- General News
USDA has filed an administrative complaint against Island Fresh De Puerto Rico Inc. for alleged violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).

Major shifts coming in GMO crops

- Analysis
The world of genetically modified (GMO) crops is starting to see some major shifts. Not necessarily technically, but politically and sociologically.

USDA invests nearly $2B in American agriculture to feed children, families

- General News
USDA announced today that it will provide close to $2 billion in additional funding to food banks and school meal programs for purchasing American-grown foods.

Pandemic didn’t lead to farm labor shortage

- Analysis
There was great concern that the pandemic would lead to severe farm labor shortages, causing growers to leave crops unharvested. Fortunately, that problem didn’t pan out, as we learn from a report issued by USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) in August 2022.

USDA estimates 19% larger CA navel crop for 2022-23

- General News
California Navel orange production for the 2022-2023 season is forecast at 1.52 million tons (38.0 million boxes), up 19 percent from last season.