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Mexican president seeks diplomatic solution to avocado inspection halt 

- General News
Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador said June 19 that he asked his foreign ministry to speak with U.S. officials about resuming avocado and mango inspections to get shipments going again. 

USDA lifts PACA sanctions on Georgia company

- General News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that South Side Fresh Produce LLC satisfied a $6,800 reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) involving unpaid produce transactions.

USDA cites frozen food firm for $2.5MM in PACA violations

- General News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Frozen Food Development Inc., Lancaster, Pa., for failure to pay for produce.

USDA halts Michoacán avocado, mango inspections due to ‘security concerns’  

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture reportedly suspended avocado and mango inspections “until further notice,” due to “security concerns.”  

APHIS protects domestic fruit production and deregulates Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus

- General News
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is updating and issuing a Federal Order designed to continue protecting the domestic pepper and tomato industry while safely deregulating tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV)-positive tomatoes and peppers for consumption.

Ag secretary Vilsack notes partisan divide on farm bill

- General News
Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack said farm bill negotiations and stances between the two parties show that a bipartisan bill looks far from imminent.

Ag Secretary Vilsack to headline IFPA’s Washington Conference

- General News
The organization is excited to announce that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has just been added to the program and will deliver remarks at the upcoming Washington Conference with IFPA CEO Cathy Burns during the State of the Fresh Nation Breakfast and morning General Session.

IFPA encourages members to pursue USDA sustainable packaging innovation grants

- General News
Citing the need for the specialty crop industry to develop innovative solutions to emerging overseas packaging and labeling regulatory requirements, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service recently announced the availability of up to $5 million in grant opportunities via the Assisting Specialty Crops Exports initiative (ASCE).

USDA files PACA action against Texas company for $400K in missed payments

- General News
USDA has filed an administrative complaint against Red Wagon Groves Inc. for alleged violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).

USDA files $500K PACA action against Texas firm

- General News
USDA has filed an administrative complaint against CFG Produce Inc. for alleged violations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).