Tomorrow, the Organic Produce Network and California Certified Organic Farmers will kick off the 2019 Organic Grower Summit (OGS) in Monterey, California. The summit brings organic growers, producers and processors together for two days of education, information and networking opportunities with their production supply chain and support service providers.
The Hong Kong government has suspended the import and sale of Salinas-originated romaine lettuce, due to the most recent E.coli outbreak. According to the USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the ban has been effective since November 23, 2019, and applies to any and all forms, including head and salad mixes.
USDA announced today the second allocation of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments to farmers who have been impacted by the trade wars. The payments will begin the week before Thanksgiving. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will now be eligible to receive 25% of the total payment expected, in addition to the 50% they have already received from the 2019 MFP. If conditions warrant, the third allotment will be made in January 2020.