The American-based United Fresh Produce Association and allied partners are lobbying already to make essential workers in agriculture and food a priority when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.
A California congressman, Jim Costa, is one of two candidates who have declared interest in chairing the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. He represents an agricultural district surrounding Fresno.
If the new administration doesn’t move forward with trade negotiations in Europe and Japan, this could present Canadian agriculture with an opportunity to better leverage its first-mover advantage secured in agreements, including CPTPP and CETA. That’s the insight provided by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute.
A controlled environment at Plenty Unlimited’s Wyoming facility has lured Driscoll’s to expand beyond field-grown strawberries. There’s a lot to learn about day length, light intensity and spectrum, air temperature and how they influence expression of genes.
Rapidly rising imports of blueberries from Chile, Peru and Mexico have raised the ire of American growers. On September 29, the United States Trade Representative triggered an investigation that will target all source countries for cultivated and wild blueberries. Canada is on the list.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports a fall of 9.8% in GDP in Q2 of 2020. This is the largest drop ever recorded for the major seven economies. GDP fell most dramatically in the United Kingdom and the least in the United States. Canada’s GDP fell 12%.
More than 50 recommendations have been approved by the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement to revise practices in farm water use and field/equipment sanitation. The action comes after 2019 outbreaks of E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce.