• U.S. Plans Spot Tests of Organic Products

    Mar 22, 2010

    The Department of Agriculture said on Friday that it would begin enforcing rules requiring the spot testing of organically grown foods for traces of pesticides, after an auditor exposed major gaps in federal oversight of the organic food industry. Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Demand for Spuds Drops as Americans Eat Fewer Fries

    Mar 16, 2010

    Apparently, you don’t want fries with that. McCain’s Foods Inc., which produces one-third of the world’s frozen French fries, has told potato farmers in New Brunswick and P.E.I. that they’re cutting orders by 20 to 30 per cent this year. Toronto Star Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Smucker Sells Hungry Jack Potato Products

    Mar 16, 2010

    Smucker Co. announced late Monday it has sold its Hungry Jack brand potato products and Idaho Spuds branded potatoes to privately held Basic American Foods. Wall Street Journal MarketWatch Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Lawsuit Filed to Halt New H-2A Rules

    Mar 15, 2010

    The North Carolina Growers Association (NCGA) and American Farm Bureau Federation filed suit in federal court in Greensboro, N.C., March 12, requesting a temporary restraining order to stop implementation of the new H-2A rules scheduled to go into effect today. U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis… Full Story »
  • Columbia Basin Farmers Rejoice but Some Environmentalists Worry Over Plans for a Key Irrigation Pipe

    Mar 15, 2010

    Orman Johnson's spuds are out of the ground now, piled in sheds longer than football fields, each stuffed with enough tubers to feed Seattle for half a year. Seattle Times Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Brazil Imposes Sanctions on U.S. Growers

    Mar 12, 2010

    In a move that will affect U.S. fruit and vegetable growers, Brazil announced $829.3 million in trade sanctions on a range of American goods in retaliation for the United States’ failure to eliminate billions in anti-competitive cotton subsidies. A ruling from the World Trade Organization (WTO)… Full Story »
  • UFW, Growers Push for Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Farm Workers

    Mar 10, 2010

    Supporters of immigration reform are making another push to pass a congressional bill that would give undocumented farm workers a path to permanent residency and ultimately citizenship. Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Year Later, Cross-Border Trade Job Losses Mount

    Mar 10, 2010

    One year ago today, Congress cut funding for the U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking pilot project that had its origins in San Antonio. San Antonio Express-News Editorial Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Mexico Farm Subsidies are Going Astray

    Mar 9, 2010

    When Mexico and the United States were entering a landmark free trade agreement 16 years ago, one thing was clear: Mexican farmers would initially find it difficult to compete with heavily subsidized U.S. agricultural products. Los Angeles Times Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • New York Debates Farm Labor Bill—Again

    Mar 8, 2010

    A controversial farm labor bill remains stalled in the New York State Senate, and it’s anyone’s guess whether or not it will pass. New York’s farmers certainly hope it doesn’t. Hundreds of them rallied at the state capital March 1 to protest – among other things… Full Story »

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