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USDA cites Los Angeles firm for PACA violations

- General News
As a part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the USDA has imposed sanctions on Custom Fresh Cuts Inc., Los Angeles, Calif., for failing to meet its contractual obligations to the sellers of produce it purchased.

USDA extends, ends and gives new Food Box contracts

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend the contracts of select vendors from the first round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

USApple says USDA CFAP funding unfairly excludes apples

- General News
The U.S. Apple Association, joined by apple organizations across the nation, today urged the Agriculture Department to reconsider growers for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) funding.

USDA restricts three PACA violators

- General News
As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses for failing to meet their contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and failing to pay reparation awards issued under the PACA.

National Grocers Association Foundation chosen as technical assistance partner for USDA Produce Incentive Grant

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The National Grocers Association Foundation announced June 11 that it has been selected to be a sub-awardee for a federal contract to provide training and technical assistance to retailers implementing produce incentive and prescription projects.

Ten Democratic Senators question USDA Food Box program

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Ten Democratic senators sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue questioning the efficiency and effectiveness of the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program.

USDA proposes adding Romas to Florida tomato marketing order

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing changes to the handling requirements under the federal marketing order for tomatoes grown in Florida.

Ohio firm posts $90,000 employment bond

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Great Lakes Packers Inc., operating out of Bellevue, Ohio, has posted a $90,000 surety bond with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to employ Andrew Weingart, as required by the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.

California company posts bond to obtain PACA license

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Bumble Bee Foods LLC, operating out of San Diego, CA, has posted a $30,000 surety bond with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

San Antonio event planner lags in food box distribution

- General News
As the USDA touts more than 5 million boxes distributed under the Farmers to Families Food Box program, one of the largest contract winners has fulfilled only tiny fraction of its commitment.