AMS Reduces Fees for Sampling, Inspection, Weighing and Certification of Rice

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces the reduction of fees for sampling, inspection, weighing and certification of rice performed under authority of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA), as amended.

A rule published in the Federal Register on January 30, 2020 decreased fees by 20 percent for fiscal year (FY) 2020 and by another 20 percent for FY 2021, which begins October 1, 2020.

Local Food Research and Publications

Farmers Markets are an integral part of the urban/farm linkage and have continued to rise in popularity, mostly due to the growing consumer interest in obtaining fresh products directly from the farm. Farmers markets allow consumers to have access to locally grown, farm fresh produce, enables farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers, and cultivate consumer loyalty with the farmers who grows the produce.

USDA Announces National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Board of Directors Appointments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the appointment of two producers and an expert in marketing to serve as members on the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Board of Directors. The newly appointed members will serve three-year terms from January 2021 to January 2024.

 Newly appointed members are:

Implementation of New U.S. Dairy Sanitary Certificate to China

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing the implementation of a new United States Dairy Sanitary Certificate to China. Manufacturers that export dairy products to China will be required to obtain the new sanitary certificate, which will facilitate more efficient dairy trade between the U.S. and China and reduce the regulatory cost to exporters. The new certificate issued by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will become effective October 5, 2020.