2012 Crops and Markets News - The Packer

2012 Crops and Markets News

12/28/2012 10:36:00 AM
Dan Galbraith

MAY

Michigan apple losses reach beyond 50% following a spring freeze ... Meanwhile, Washington apple growers get lucky with a big apple crop unofficially weighing in at about 120 million cartons, up about 8% from the previous all-time record crop ... Discussions about an organic checkoff reached the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry when a Pennsylvania Democrat sponsored a related amendment in the farm bill ...

JUNE

July Fourth may see tight supplies of corn and blueberries ... South African citrus producers are excited about expanding opportunities in U.S. markets ... Florida mulls proposal to beef up its promotions budget for fresh oranges nearly tenfold ... Federal officials set a goal to increase certified organic operations in the U.S. by 20% by the end of 2015 ... A produce-friendly farm bill passes out of the Senate by a wide margin ... A bipartisan organic food proposal would give organic enforcement some teeth ... Citing unfair trade practices, the Florida Tomato Exchange has asked the U.S. government to end its tomato suspension agreement with Mexico ...

JULY

Mexican avocado exports to the U.S. set another record in 2011-12, shattering the previous record by 15% ... A short, lower-quality Chinese garlic crop should open the door for California producers, who report good yields and exceptional quality ... Mexico fires back in the tomato war with Florida, threatening higher prices ... Hail dents Washington’s apple volumes ...



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