FSMA Final Rule on Produce Safety

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The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety rule is now final, and the earliest compliance dates for some farms begin one year after the effective date of the final rule (see “Compliance Dates” below). The rule establishes, for the first time, science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.

This rule was first proposed in January 2013. In response to input received during the comment period and during numerous public engagements that included public meetings, webinars, listening sessions, and visits to farms across the country, the FDA issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking in September 2014. The proposed revisions were designed to make the originally proposed rule more practical, flexible, and effective.

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Farm Bill Listening Tour Adds Stop In Rochester

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ALBANY — Here’s an opportunity to hear about the 2018 Farm Bill.

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced Friday that there are additional listening sessions for the 2018 Farm Bill Listening Tour. The Tour provides state officials an opportunity to engage and hear from residents across New York regarding the 2018 Farm Bill. Hearing from constituents helps officials draft pertinent legislation.

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Goodlatte Unveils Bill To Provide Workable Guestworker Program

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The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee recently unveiled a bill to create a new, workable agricultural guestworker program for America’s farmers and ranchers.

The Agricultural Guestworker Act, or the AG Act, introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte R-VA, replaces the H-2A guestworker program with a program Goodlatte said is “reliable, efficient and fair.”

“The H-2A program is widely known to be expensive, time-consuming and flawed. Each year, employers using the H-2A program have to comply with a lengthy labor certification process that is slow and plagued with red tape.

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Our Views: Look for Energy Benefits in New NAFTA

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In today’s raucous political environment, perhaps the best outcome for the American economy is no progress in trade talks.

That has already led to intense mutual exasperation among trade negotiators working on updating NAFTA, the treaty that ought to be called the North American Co-Prosperity Sphere, because that is what it has delivered since 1994.

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California Wildfires Leaves Seasonal Agricultural Workers In Limbo

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For more than a week, Marisol Paniagua has been living at an evacuation center. She had been scheduled to pick grapes at a vineyard near the city of Santa Rosa, Calif. But that work was canceled because of the wildfires ravaging Northern California.

"It's very difficult right now because we just have a little bit of gas left in our car. That's how we are still able to drive around," said Paniagua, 37. "But the fact is, we have nothing."

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