The government is back in business, er, back to racking up huge federal deficits. Still, work is getting done. Just a quick check of some of my favorite federal websites shows that we have some catching up to do.

I’m checking the web on the eve of the big PMA show. Setting up shop in New Orleans for Fresh Summit 2013, so any social media minded folks should be all about the Twitter hashtag(#) freshsummit. It is a great way to “see” produce people and follow them and get follow backs. Shameless plug; my twitter handle is @tckarst.

Also I have been inviting folks to join The Packer Market. We have more than 1,200 members right now.

I would like to double our membership by the end of the year.

Yes, back to the government “openup.” What have we missed?

From the USDA FAS, here are reports of note:

31 key cities in India

Retail foods: Germany

Biotechnology in Italy

Canada: potatoes and potato products

FDA outreach to Canada on FSMA

Greece citrus report

Italian citrus report

Greeks turn to private label commodities

Increased competition brings changes to Canadian grocery sector


Latest in U.S. agricultural trade


(to be continued)… headed out for a NOLA dining experience…