Members of the California LGMA, who grow an overwhelming majority of the lettuce and other leafy greens in the state, and 80% of the U.S. lettuce, say they’re capable of quickly tracking recalled products.
Produce industry operations in Salinas had mostly returned to normal Aug. 27, one week after two wildfires threatened the region, prompting evacuations, dumping ash onto crops, and significantly worsening air quality.
While some organic grower-shippers seem to favor the stricter enforcement of the USDA's organic regulations proposed, they seem less willing commit to higher fees and stricter enforcement of the rules.
Soledad, Calif.-based Braga Fresh Family Farms plans to extend its Josie’s Organics Cut Veg product line by late October with an organic riced cauliflower option, said Heather Fuller, senior sales manager.
Fresh produce industry associations have joined other agricultural groups in asking the USDA to extend the deadline for producers to receive direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.
Democrats on a House Agriculture subcommittee have notified Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue of what they see as inadequacies of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program in serving specialty crop producers.