And from the USDA, here is the agency's regulatory agenda.
Among notable items, the agenda mentions a pending APHIS rule approach for fruit and vegetable imports, a couple of pending organic regulations. Some smaller organic growers seem like they are ready to throw the yoke of USDA regulation. Check out this comment from a Michigan organic produce farmer:
Our seasonal Michigan Fruit and Veg Organic Farm crops on over 100 acres we spend aprox 600 hours on documentation, seed search, records specifically for organic compliance we would not otherwise perform . Certification is aprox $1,000 fees and using our organic methods (ie vs roundup herbicide etc) initial costs are easily over $20,000 more. Some crops with less harvestable product or volume additionally cost another $3,000. The premium we can get for these in our area vs. conventional is not equal to the cost and energy spend for the difference, even vs larger Organic California corp flooding our mkt w shipped in Strawberries cheaper in our 3 wk season. We do know our Organic grown uses no petroleum fertilizers, is the simplest purest of substances for body digestion to recovering patients, and soil / microbial life dimension is still being shown as beneficial for future sustainability, also. Thank You.
Check out this interesting thread on The Packer Market: Are great produce salesmen/saleswomen made or born?