The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it has indefinitely revoked, as of October 1, 2014, the preferential treatment status Canadian shippers have enjoyed under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). The system, which allows Canadian exporters the same access to legal protections afforded to U.S. exporters, is a critical payment recovery tool for both U.S. and Canadian produce shippers who deal with highly perishable commodities. Without the preferred status, Canada is essentially treated the same as every other exporter who ships to the United States, an exceptionally big blow to the U.S.’s largest produce trading partner.

Matt McInerney

A county-wide quarantine has been issued for all of Tulare County, following the detection of two Asian citrus psyllids in two different locations in city of Tulare.  The county is now the only one in the San Joaquin Valley with an all-inclusive quarantine.  Kern and Fresno Counties both have partial quarantines in place.  The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) issued a press release announcing the expanded quarantine area as “the most effective response to contain the pest

Ken Gilliland

The school garden at Rolling Hills Elementary School in San Diego is thriving. The children, Principal Kathleen Marshack, and parent volunteers got a chance to show it off while demonstrating how fun it is to grow (and eat) your own food!  Some special gifts and attention were brought Tuesday by representatives from the Western Growers Foundation and the American Cancer Society. 

Paula Olson

The California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) has distributed a proposed regulation for the use of agricultural personnel transport carriers (PTCs).  PTCs have been used for many years to transport workers in operations involving the installation and removal of irrigation piping.  But their use came under scrutiny in 2012 when former Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Chief Ellen Widess required agricultural operations to apply for and obtain a variance permitting use of the carriers or face citations carrying steep fines for operating them without a variance.

Jason Resnick



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