Agricultural Labor Relations Forum workshops revealed  


Join us for the 47th Annual Agricultural Labor Relations Forum Sept. 1-3, 2021 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld. Presented by the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation, the annual forum educates agricultural employers, including growers, shippers, processors, and other employers, on compliance with agricultural labor laws and sound labor relations practices.

Speakers include representatives from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; the U.S. Department of Labor; the Office of Foreign Labor Certification; the National Council of Agricultural Employers; UF/IFAS; and more.


Trade Alert – Suspicious Trading Activity Observed This Summer

Information assessed by Blue Book Services, Inc. supports serving notice of observed suspicious trading activity occurrences.
Bill Zentner, vice president of ratings for Blue Book, says this summer has seen a rise in concerning activity.



USDA: French legislation threatens millions of dollars of U.S. fruit and vegetable exports

A French law that will ban produce stickers starting Jan. 1 of 2022 threatens millions of dollars of U.S. produce exports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. A French ban on the sales of fruit and vegetables with identifying stickers threatens exports of U.S. sweet potatoes (about $20 million in sales annually) and grapefruit ($8 million annually), according to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service report.





AMS Releases Solicitation for TEFAP Fresh Produce Packages

The Agricultural Marketing Service has issued solicitation 2000007948, (12-3J14-21-B-0464) for the procurement of Mixed Fresh Produce.
Please note bids are due by Wednesday, August 04 2021 at 1:00 pm central time. Bids must be submitted through the Web-Based Supply Chain Management System (WBSCM).
All solicitation documents can be found here: 



USDA Announces Revised Performance Measures for AMS Grant Programs

USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced updated performance measures for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, the Acer Access and Development Program, and the Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives. The updates will apply to the fiscal year 2022 grant cycle and beyond.