As we reported in Spotlight on March 25, 2014, Western Growers, along with a number of statewide and national agricultural employers and organizations, signed on to an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in support of Peri & Sons Farms’ Petition for Writ of Certiorari (request for review) to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Peri & Sons Farms produces, harvests, and packages onions and is a Nevada-based member of Western Growers.

Jason Resnick

Ever wonder where you food comes from?  Vox.com, a general interest news site whose self-proclaimed mission is “to explain the news,” has produced a presentation consisting of 40 different maps, charts and graphs depicting some interesting details about our food sources. The California Department of Food And Agriculture (CDFA) also thought it was interesting enough to post on its “Planting Seeds” website.

The presentation includes a wide variety of issue areas that includes historical, health, climate and even restaurant information. 

Interested in fruits and vegetables?  Check out Diagram #23.

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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.

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