Many Western Growers members will routinely request help with providing an internal check list of questions for shippers to ask when produce arrives at contract destination and there has been an USDA or CFIA inspection secured. Such a document is a best practice in order to establish an expected discipline with your sales staff to, as a matter of routine, ask the correct questions, and determine compliance with the terms of the sales contract.   

Ken Gilliland

The USDA is developing trade mitigation programs to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified tariff retaliation from China and other countries. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is offering a food purchase and distribution program that will be offered to specialty crop growers. However, in order to qualify and sell directly to USDA, you must become a USDA “approved vendor” first.

AMS will be hosting opportunities to join a live, interactive webinar to discuss these details:

Matt McInerney

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Plus+ audit program for specialty crops is now accepted as technically equivalent by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). This means that producers who use this audit program now also meet other U.S. and international regulatory and market requirements.

Sonia Salas


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