Federal and state agencies in Arizona and Texas are gearing up for the start of mandatory U.S. inspections of Mexican tomatoes on April 1, but worries remain about possible bottlenecks for all produce.
UPDATED: Florida agriculture and industry officials have asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to initiate traceback investigations of Mexican tomatoes with the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV).
Mexican avocado growers, packers and exporters are investing $12 million in a facility that will house research labs, U.S. and Mexico department of agriculture offices, and a research and development avocado orchard.
The Southeast blueberry industry is at a crossroads as it looks to modernize with more accurate tracking, improve its fruit varieties and find ways to deal with approaching market saturation and increasing imports.
The latest fiscal 2019 trade estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture raise predictions for fresh produce imports compared with a November forecast but keep the estimate for fresh produce exports stable.