Greg Johnson is Editor of The Packer and Editorial Director of Vance Publishing Corporation’s produce group. He has been Editor since 2008, and joined The Packer in 1996. Greg is responsible for all The Packer’s content and audience engagement for print, digital and live events. He is a graduate ...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., plans to introduce the Agricultural Guestworker Act next week, which would replace the H-2A program that many fresh produce growers use for labor. Speaking Sept. 19 at the United Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Conference via video, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said the AG Act would reduce red tape for growers and significantly improve on H-2A.
Two of the biggest stars of the autumn produce department — apples and potatoes — historically have had similar challenges, and that continues today. In back-to-back weeks this summer, I attended the U.S. Apple Association annual conference in Chicago and the Idaho Grower Shippers Association convention in Sun Valley, Idaho, and I saw optimism.
Miles McEvoy, deputy administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, will leave his role at the end of September. The organic program will be overseen by Agricultural Marketing Service acting administrator Bruce Summers and acting deputy administrator Jenny Tucker until agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue names McEvoy’s successor. McEvoy announced his decision in a letter to the organic community.
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Selecting a term
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