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U.S. Ag Exporters Invited to Join Vietnam Trade Mission

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service is accepting applications from current and potential U.S. exporters for a trade mission to Vietnam, Sept. 9-13, 2024. Participants will attend events in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, and will also have the opportunity to engage with visiting buyers from Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia and Thailand. “Markets in Southeast Asia hold immense …

California Fruits and Vegetables Prove Some of the Safest in the World

Newly released California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) data show that 97% of fresh fruit and vegetable samples collected and tested contain no illegal pesticide residue. The department’s 2022 California Pesticide Residue Monitoring Annual Report includes information on 3,281 produce samples collected from more than 500 businesses throughout California. Key findings from the report include: 97% of fresh produce tested …

Opportunities for U.S. Ag Products in Vietnam and Thailand

USDA Foreign Ag Service — Vietnam offers abundant opportunities for exporting consumer-oriented products, despite the challenges of recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and dealing with high inflation. The Vietnamese economy is poised for significant expansion in the coming decades. With a burgeoning population and a growing middle class, Vietnamese consumers are becoming more discerning about the origin and composition of their food. …

Westlands Water District Announces 2024 Scholarship Winners

Westlands Water District is proud to announce the recipients of its 2024 Westlands Scholarship. The annual Westlands Scholarship program recognizes and rewards exceptional graduating seniors from westside high schools. This year, the District is proud to extend the scholarship to support 20 youth in achieving their higher-education goals. Each scholarship recipient was selected based on a combination of academic achievements, …

Small But Promising Ag Export Opportunities in Denmark

Although a small market in the European Union, Denmark offers export opportunities for U.S. exporters of wine, seafood, tree nuts, and several other products. The exporter guide focuses on Consumer Oriented Products and Seafood products and provides practical tips for U.S. exporters on how to conduct business in Denmark. Market Fact Sheet: Denmark Denmark, a Member State within the European …

USDA Now Accepting Applications to Help Cover Organic Certification Costs

Through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP), USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will cover up to 75% of organic certification costs at a maximum of $750 per certification category. FSA is now accepting applications, and organic producers and handlers should apply for OCCSP by the Oct. 31, 2024, deadline for eligible expenses incurred from Oct. 1, 2023, to Sept. 30, 2024. …

Unofficial Facility Registration Websites: Warning for Ag Exporters

The USDA Foreign Ag Service (FAS) has received inquiries about several websites that offer facility registration to export various food and agricultural products to the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Many of these websites, however, are not official PRC government websites. Exporters should register their facilities through official government websites or through a U.S. government agency. The General Administration of Customs of …

Organic Trade Association, The Organic Center Awarded $4.4 Million Market Development Grant

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) and The Organic Center are pleased to be the recipients of $2.2 million in Organic Market Development Grant (OMDG) matching funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand organic markets through consumer education and promotion.  The funds provided by USDA match those provided by the OTA, The Organic Center and Organic Voices for …

US Organic Marketplace Posts Record Sales in 2023

U.S. sales of certified organic products approached $70 billion in 2023, a new record for the sector. Dollar sales for the American organic marketplace hit $69.7 billion last year, up 3.4 percent, according to the 2024 Organic Industry Survey released by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Despite stubborn price inflation seen throughout retail aisles, consumers remained clear-eyed about their priorities …

NorCal Dairy Tour Provides Beef/Dairy Nutrition and Sustainability Insights

If you think school lunch begins in the cafeteria, you’d be mistaken. It starts back at its nutritional roots…on the farm. Recently, the California Beef Council (CBC), in partnership with the Dairy Council of California, took 55 future healthcare professionals, students, educators, and school nutrition professionals to DeSnayer Dairy in Lodi, California to learn about and see firsthand the critical …

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