We have a chance until April 22nd to affect a rule pending at USDA which would relax current restrictions on the importation of livestock, meat, and animal products from a region of Brazil that has been affected by Foot and Mouth Disease.
Action Alert: Act Today to Protect Smaller Growers of Leafy Green Vegetables
Big Ag tries to game the system for large (huge) growers in Washington
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently published a proposed rule to establish a national marketing agreement regulating leafy green vegetables. This rulemaking was the result of a request by the largest players in the industry, who asked for regulations based on the statewide agreements established in California and Arizona in the wake of the 2006 E. coli outbreak in California spinach.
If this agreement moves forward, it will provide the largest produce handlers (processors, shippers and packers of leafy green vegetables) the power to establish on-farm practices for all growers of leafy greens, regardless of size.