Less than a month after the Mexican government opened its entire country to U.S. potato imports, the country did an about face and closed its borders indefinitely to all U.S. fresh potatoes imports.  Borders were closed as a result of complaints received from a group of local growers who cited phytosanitary concerns.  The unexpected action halts the issuance of phytosanitary certificates for potato exports to Mexico.  This has also prevented shipments in transit from entering Mexico and are being held at the border.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is expected to be in Mexico next week to better understand details of these actions.

We will provide further information in Spotlight when it is made available.

This year’s Center for Produce Safety (CPA) Research Symposium is being held on June 24-25 in Newport Beach, California. The fifth annual event will feature a discussion in its second session entitled, “Converting Research to Operational Food Practices.”  

According to CPS, the session will take an in-depth look at companies that have successfully implemented research results into industry food safety practices that improve operational practices. The session will focus on how recent research can be practically adapted by companies in their operational food safety practices while simultaneously looking at the hurdles to adopting research results.  The session will also explore how that same research can be used to advance agendas or inform proposed regulations.

Hank Giclas

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has been forced to expand the quarantine area in Tulare County after the discovery of additional Asian citrus psyllids in the region.  The Grower reports, that as a result, a new 110-mile quarantine area exists, adjacent to Tulare’s existing quarantine area.  Although not yet defined or announced, CDFA is expected to further expand the quarantine area due to the detection of a single psyllid trapped outside the current and newly-announced quarantine areas. 


Ken Gilliland

Many members of the House on both sides of the aisle have expressed the need to pass legislation fixing our broken immigration system. While the Senate took action by passing S. 744, the House has yet to pass a single bill to reform our immigration system. With 24 legislative days remaining until the House adjourns for its August recess, the urgency for action mounts as a key window for action closes.

Recap of immigration reform action by the U.S. House of Representatives for the day ending June 12, 2014:

Bills passed: 0


It has been 350 days since the Senate passed S. 744 with no action by the full House.

As June 12, 2014, there are only 24 scheduled legislative days left to pass immigration reform before the House adjourns for its August recess.  

Twitter Hashtags: #ready4reform #ifarmimmigration #immigration

Ken Barbic


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