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

The February 2014 edition of the WG&S Magazine is in the mail.  Here’s a preview of some of the stories you will see:  

 

Cover Story

Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act: The PACA is here to help!

 

President’s Notes

Why I Think 2014 is the Year We Get Immigration Reform

 

Member Profile

Commodity Focus Drives Beachside Produce

Jeff Janas

House and Senate conferees concluded negotiations yesterday on the long overdue and much anticipated Farm Bill (The Agricultural Act of 2014).  The legislation includes several important measures and spending increases for the specialty crop industry including:  research, pest and disease prevention, state block grants, and child nutrition.  The conference report is expected to be voted on in the House tomorrow and in the Senate on Friday. ACTION IS NEEDED BY YOU to ensure its passage in both chambers.

Dennis Nuxoll

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