Category: Agrifood

California prune industry remains strong during pandemic

CALIFORNIA – The prune industry in California appears to be weathering the market disruptions created by the COVID-19 pandemic fairly well The nature of the commodity itself and the overall prune market provide for relative stability as the...

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FDA revisits food safety with Mexican papaya industry

TEXAS – The Food and Drug Administration has issued a second notice to the importance of food safety measures to the Mexican papaya industry “During this pandemic it is more important than ever that we all work together to provide consumers...

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San Diego creates new marijuana business regulatory agency

SAN DIEGO – San Diego has joined cities like Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco in creating a cannabis-specific agency to oversee its marijuana industry The city’s upcoming Cannabis Permitting Bureau will have an annual operating...

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California agriculture industry could lose US$8.6 billion due to coronavirus pandemic

CALIFORNIA - California's agriculture industry, the nation's largest, has already lost $2 billion due to the coronavirus pandemic and stands to miss out on an estimated $86 billion this year, according to a new report commissioned by the California...

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COVID-19 safe-practice health orders for New Mexico’s agriculture industry

SANTA FE – New Mexico Gov Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a modified public health emergency order easing restriction on retail operations, ordering New Mexico citizens to wear cloth face coverings in public, and proposing a series of requirements...

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Record Year for Pecan Production in NM

NEW MEXICO – New Mexico marked a record year of pecan production in 2019 to lead the nation, according to US agricultural officials The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported that production in the Southwest state topped out at more...

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Sonora lost 10,243 formal jobs in March

SONORA – Sonora lost 10,243 formal jobs during the month of March this year, most of which were in the agricultural, hunting and fishing sectors, as well as in transformation and mining industry According to data from the Mexican Institute of...

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Tamaulipas estimates to harvest 15,000 tons of lemon in 2020

CIUDAD VICTORIA – Despite the adverse effects of the drought, the citrus sector in Tamaulipas remains hopeful of obtaining a harvest of around 15 tons of Italian lemon, reported Humberto Vázquez, representative of the National Service for Health,...

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New program to benefit both at-risk families and local restaurants

EL PASO – Texas Gov Greg Abbott announced the creation of the Comfort Food Care Packages program in response to the coronavirus pandemic The program is a partnership between the Governor's Public Safety Office, the Texas network for Family and...

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Border closures have farm industry concerned for loss of seasonal workers

US – The White House’s decision to limit visas for seasonal farmworkers in order to limit the chances of spreading the coronavirus has the agricultural industry worried that they soon may not have enough workers to pick crops “Over half of...

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