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USDA to study, establish standards for CEA

- General News
As vertical farming and other forms of modern indoor agriculture continue to evolve and transform the food supply, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA’s chief scientific in-house research agency, has launched an intensive study of controlled environment agriculture (CEA) to establish data and science-based metrics and crop production standards for CEA growers, similar to those established with traditional agriculture.

USDA lifts PACA sanctions on California business

- General News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Espirit Trading Inc. satisfied a reparation order in the amount of $26,990 issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) involving unpaid produce transactions.

USDA’s free money can help your great idea become reality

- Analysis
The Great Idea makes sense in your head, and you’re pretty sure it can work. You just need to test it. That takes money, money you either don’t have or can’t justify pulling from other endeavors or borrowing (again) from friends and family.

USDA offers new insurance program for small local growers

- General News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is rolling out a new insurance option specifically for agricultural producers with small farms who sell locally.

USDA opens application period for pandemic grants for small producers, processors, distributors and farmers markets

- General News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced a Request for Applications for the new Pandemic Response and Safety Grant program and encourages eligible entities to apply now for funds.

USDA to hold Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee virtual meeting in November

- General News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC) will hold a virtual meeting Nov. 3-4, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET each day.

USDA to issue Specialty Crops Inspection Certificates, Audit Report in new formats

- General News
The new formats support the transition to a new web-based platform, modernizing USDA's specialty crops inspections and audit services.

USDA cites Florida company for PACA Violations

- General News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on Florida Cool Cargo Inc., Miami, Fla., for violating the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).

California’s 2021-22 navel orange crop to be down 14 percent from last season

- General News
The California Department of Food and Agriculture, along with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, set its initial crop forecast at 70 million cartons.

Government Accountability Office releases report on USDA Food Box Program

- General News
The Government Accountability Office’s report “USDA Food Box Program: Key Information and Opportunities to Better Assess Performance,” released this week, sheds additional light on the program which delivered more than 176 million boxes of food from May 2020 to June 2021.