High temperatures in California have contributed to a demand-exceeds-supply situation for lemons.Distributors including Sysco produce division FreshPoint have been using their market reports to advise customers about availability issues expected to persist for months. In a Twitter post, FreshPoint recommended its customers switch to limes when possible.On July 18, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported f.o.b. prices at mostly $ 41.80-45.80 for cartons of shippers first grade California lemons sizes 95 and 115. One month earlier, the prices for cartons of shippers first grade California lemons were mostly $28.80-31.80 for 95s and $29.80-32.80 for 115s. The USDA commented in its latest shipping point trends report that shipments are light and trading is very active.
FDA plans to enforce federal standard that defines "milk" as coming from cows
NEW YORK (AP) — Soy and almond drinks that bill themselves as “milk” may need to consider alternative language after a top regulator suggested the agency may start cracking down on use of the term.
The Food and Drug Administration signaled plans to start enforcing a federal standard that defines “milk” as coming from the “milking of one or more healthy cows.” That would be a change for the agency, which has not aggressively gone after the proliferation of plant-based drinks labeled as “milk.”
The AG and Legal Workforce Act replaces the outdated and broken H-2A agricultural guestworker program with a new, workable agricultural guestworker program, known as the H-2C program, to ensure America’s farmers and ranchers have access to a reliable workforce.
D’Arrigo Bros. and the United Farm Workers once took more than 25 years to reach a contract, and for many years afterward they communicated mostly through court filings and job actions. But the top leafy green grower in California’s Salinas Valley and the national union founded by Cesar Chavez just inked a three-year contract amid fanfare and pledges of a new era of cooperation.
On July 4, 2018, Federal District Judge John A. Mendez granted a preliminarily injunction enjoining the State of California, Governor Brown, and Attorney General Becerra from enforcing parts of AB 450, the controversial new law that limited employer conduct when dealing with federal immigration enforcement. Specifically, the Judge stopped the enforcement of the California Government Code Sections 7285.1 and 7285.2 and California Labor Code Section 1019.2(a)&(b) as applied to private employers. The Judge upheld two other sanctuary state laws and part of AB 450.