The California Avocado Commission indicated it would work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to remove Hass avocados as a host for the Queensland Fruit Fly quarantine and the USDA has informed CAC that Hass avocados have been removed as a host for the Queensland Fruit Fly quarantine that includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
The California Avocado Commission’s 2022 Annual Report is available on the California avocado growers’ website. The 2022 Annual Report includes the Commission’s audited financial statements for 2021-22 and ten-year industry statistics.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new “Specialty Crops Competitiveness Initiative” to assist this sector in light of the challenges presented by recent natural disasters and disruptions in the markets due to COVID. The program seeks input from specialty crop growers to better assess needs and challenges, how USDA programs can be improved and what research topics will help minimize costs and maximize returns.
Members of the Commission attended the nation’s largest produce show — the International Fresh Produce Association Global Produce and Floral Show — which gathers industry leaders from across the U.S. and provides the Commission with an opportunity to showcase the California Avocados brand, while encouraging demand for the fruit with key retail decision makers.