Today, President and CEO of Western Growers issued a statement following the release of text of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. A deal between the United States and the 11 other Pacific Rim countries participating in the negotiations was reached on October 5, 2015. TPP is critical for the U.S. fresh produce industry as the TPP countries represent more than 46 percent of our fruit, vegetable and tree nut exports. The actual text of the agreement was released to the public for the first time earlier today.

Nassif’s statement reads as follows:

Jeff Janas

Today, the House began consideration of H.R. 22, the DRIVE Act. The legislation would reauthorize the Federal Highway Trust Fund as well as a number of transportation-related programs for six years. The House will be considering amendments tonight and will likely vote on final passage later this week. The Senate has already passed legislation, and after House consideration and passage, negotiations will continue in a conference committee to determine how the program would be funded.

Jeff Janas

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) issued an update indicating that it is proposing to remove the San Diego County Mediterranean Fruit Fly Quarantine effective October 29, 2015. According to the email update, the quarantine boundary is being removed because there have been no additional flies trapped in three lifecycles.

Jeff Janas



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