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More US Agri Products Eligible For Export To China


In recent weeks, China updated its lists of US facilities eligible to export. This means that more US agricultural products are eligible for export to China than ever before. The USDA and the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) today announced additional progress in the implementation of the US-China phase one trade deal, entered into force February 14, 2020. “China is a market of tremendous potential for US agriculture and these actions will help US exporters expand their sales…

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Bay Area Companies Partner In USDA Food Box Program


PRESS RELEASE: South San Francisco – In this age of change, uncertainty and financial loss, two Bay Area companies have partnered and answered the call by the USDA to supply pre-packaged consumer-ready produce food boxes to Northern California food banks, religious organizations, community support groups and other charities. The USDA Farmers to Families food box program has committed $461 million in fresh fruit & vegetable purchases under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Because of the change in business conditions…

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US Highbush Blueberry Council Responds Opening Of Chinese And Philippine Markets For US Blueberries Has Enormous Potential


The North American Blueberry Council expressed appreciation for progress made in ongoing U.S. trade negotiations with China in phase 1 of the trade agreement disclosed earlier this year. Among the new tenets of the agreement is expanded market access for fresh U.S. highbush blueberries. Previously, China only permitted imports of dried and frozen U.S. highbush blueberries. Additionally, the Philippines will formally open its market to fresh U.S. highbush blueberries, making the U.S. the only country with official access to the…

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California Cherry Growers Assess Rain Damage


Following a rainy early start to the week, California cherry growers are assessing how much damage the rain has caused to its cherry crop. At Delta Packing Co. in Lodi, CA, Nick Lucich was watching the weather as of Saturday already. “At first they said it would hit Sunday morning but then it seemed more like Sunday afternoon,” he says. “Fortunately, it didn’t hit until Sunday evening, so we were able to harvest Sunday under the threat of clouds and…

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California Almonds See Sharp Drop In Pricing


Supplies of 2019-2020 California almonds will likely significantly carry over into the 2020-2021 crop unless the supply chain for almonds catches up post-pandemic. Bikram Hundal of Custom Almonds LLC. in Earlimart, CA says that when the COVID-19 minimization efforts including shelter-in-place orders were issued early-March, the panic buying that was being seen in the grocery stores was also extending to almonds. “Our domestic sales went up a lot in March and April, and April itself was a new record 77.7…

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