The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) issued a medfly quarantine for the Central Los Angeles area after several pests were detected between March 3 and March 18.  Detections were found in traps between March 3 and March 12 and in backyard fruit on March 18.   The quarantine affects all growers, wholesalers, retailers and local residents in the 88-square mile quarantine zone near the University of Southern California.

 

Ken Gilliland

The Pesticide Data Program’s (PDP) 22nd Annual Summary for 2012 was released Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).  The program collects data on pesticide residues in food. According to the report summary, “Over 99 percent of the products sampled through the PDP had residues below the EPA tolerances. Ultimately, if EPA determines a pesticide is not safe for our families, it is removed from the market. This system of checks and balances provides Americans with the safest food supply in the world.”

Wendy Fink-Weber

Today, the United States Senate voted 68 to 32 passing the long-awaited new Farm Bill (the Agricultural Act of 2014) which is a significant advance for the fresh fruit and vegetable industry.  Of the 32 senators who voted against it, 23 were Republicans and nine were Democrats. The bill now goes to the White House.  President Obama is expected to sign it into law this Friday in Michigan, the home state of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow.

Dennis Nuxoll

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