USDA Revises US Standards for Grapefruit and Oranges Revises U.S. Standards for Grapefruit and Oranges

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is revising the U.S. Standards for Grades of Grapefruit (Texas and States other than Florida, California and Arizona) and U.S. Standards for Grades of Oranges (Texas and States other than Florida, California and Arizona) to remove the Acceptable Quality Level (AQL) tables.

USDA Announces Fourth Round of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

October 26, 2020 USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it has authorized $ 500 million for a fourth round of purchases for the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program. USDA is issuing solicitations for the fourth round to existing Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) holders and expects to award contracts by Oct. 30 for deliveries of food boxes from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020.

USDA Announces Mango Referendum Results

October 21, 2020 USDA AMS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that mango first handlers and importers approved continuing their federal research and promotion program and removing the provisions of frozen mangos as a covered commodity under the program. Mango first handlers and importers voted in a referendum Sept. 21 through Oct. 9, 2020.

Trump Administration Welcomes Amazon to the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions

October 20, 2020 USDA

On World Food Day, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue welcomed Amazon as a new member of the U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions.

How U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plant Protection and Quarantine is Facilitating the Safe Trade of Plant Cuttings

October 9, 2020 Heather Curlett, USDA APHIS

When importing propagative materials, such as live plants and cuttings, every minute counts. Any delay at the port of entry could significantly impact their quality and cause significant economic loss to the nursery industry.