The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA), enacted in 1930, is a law that authorizes the regulation of the buying and selling of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables in interstate and foreign commerce while suppressing unfair and fraudulent trading practices. While many aspects within the produce industry have evolved, e.g., farming practices, food safety integration, and digital utilization to name a few, the laws in place to regulate the fresh produce sector haven’t necessarily kept pace with the 21st century.

Bryan Nickerson

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021 will soon begin receiving emergency relief payments totaling through the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) new Emergency Relief Program (ERP) to offset crop yield and value losses. The total pool of funds available for all of agriculture is roughly $10 billion.

Dennis Nuxoll

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