• California citrus farmers will be able to resume exports to China this season.

    California citrus exports are valued at $30 million annually. A series of scientific exchanges between the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine resulted in an agreement for California citrus to again be exported to China.

    APHIS and USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service worked closely with the U.S. citrus industry to ensure the successful outcome.

  • The Risk Management Agency has announced Ben Thiel has been appointed to the position of director of the Spokane Regional Office which serves Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

    Thiel has worked for USDA for more than 12 years. He began his career with USDA at the Farm Service Agency representing FSA as a warehouse examiner and compliance officer overseeing warehouses storing cotton, grains, peanuts, sugar, and processed commodities under the authority of the United States Warehouse Act and storage agreements for the Commodity Credit Corporation.