UFW President to Retire Soon

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Based upon credible, third party information, VCAA has been advised that Arturo Rodriguez, the long-time president of the United Farmworkers of America, AFL-CIO, will soon be retiring at the UFW’s next Annual Convention.

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Soy "milk" may need to find alternative name

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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.”

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California heat wave prompts lemon shortage

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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.

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