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Saturday, December 27, 2014

USDA's "AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program News"--Winter/Spring 2015 Edition

Dear Produce Industry Member,

We are pleased to present the Winter/Spring 2015 edition of USDA's
AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program News.

In this issue, you’ll find information about our programs, additional resources offered by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), and the following articles:

·         Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee;

·         Fresh Produce Inspection 101;

·         Get to Know PACA:  Online Training Resources;

·         Training Solutions for the Produce Industry;

·         Growers Are You Protected?;

·         Private Versus Government Inspections in PACA Claims;

·         Produce Pilot Ready To Take Root in Schools; and

·         Fruit and Vegetable Program Webinar Series.

This and previous issues of the newsletter can be found in the
AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program News library.

We are also pleased to provide a video overview of several of our important programs, they are:

·         A Video Introduction to the Services Provided by Specialty Crops Inspection Division--NEW

·         An Introduction to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA)

As always, feel free to contact me or the AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program staff with any questions.


Charles W. Parrott
Deputy Administrator
USDA AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program

Monday, December 15, 2014

New NMIAA Director and the Brick Job

Below are photos of Mr. Rodney "Drew" Brown and a couple of the seniors in high school; Roderick and Floyd (Hip Hop Producer Members). Drew was recently hired full-time here at the academy to supervise the young men and do other agribusiness projects for NWIAA. Mr. Brown has recently received a masters degree in international agriculture business with an emphasis on agriculture business and economics. Drew really knows his stuff and we have need for outreach community projects. These projects will be hands-on workshops with NWIAA's innovative AgriDiva Agribusiness Education that will have a college student education piece. Moreover, Roderick and Floyd have had the pleasure of meeting some of our Washington, D.C. leadership team last year at PAWC. These young men have approximately 2 years of urban farm experience through NWIAA's Hip Hop Producer Program. Also the Hip Hop Producers have worked and volunteered in NWIAA's People's garden. Young brothers that are about the community business...while they get their's as well. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Pathways Internship Program is in search of Student Trainees

Hello Everyone! These vacancies are in Arkansas, California, Tennessee, Wyoming and Puerto Rico. Texas vacancies will be out sometime after the new year. Here are 2 more job postings: Pathways Internship Program Student Trainee (Soil Conservation) GS-0499-02/03 Friday, December 12, 2014 to Thursday, December 18, 2014 16 Positions: 1 vacancy - Hamburg, AR 1 vacancy - North Little Rock, AR 1 vacancy - Searcy, AR 1 vacancy - Walnut Ridge, AR 1 vacancy - Indio, CA 1 vacancy - Madera, CA 1 vacancy - Modesto, CA 1 vacancy - Petaluma, CA 1 vacancy - Dresden, TN 1 vacancy - Franklin, TN 1 vacancy - Memphis, TN 1 vacancy - Shelbyville, TN 1 vacancy - Sparta, TN 1 vacancy - Douglas, WY 1 vacancy - Gillette, WY 1 vacancy - Powell, WY Pathways Internship Program Student Trainee (Soil Conservation) GS-0499-02/03 Friday, December 12, 2014 to Thursday, December 18, 2014 1 vacancy - Juana Diaz, PR Bertha T. Venegas State Outreach Coordinator United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) 136 Old San Antonio Rd., Suite 301 Boerne, TX 78006 Direct: 830-249-3508 Cell: 830-998-5659 1 Fax: 830-249-9120