Lettuce marketing agreement hearing kicks off in Monterey
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding the first of seven hearings on a proposed national marketing agreement for leafy greens in Monterey starting today.
The voluntary agreement is modeled after the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, which local growers helped establish after the 2006 E. coli outbreak in bagged spinach. Small farmers and environmentalists fear the national agreement will encourage more animal fencing and removal of riparian habitat to keep wildlife out of fields.
The three-day hearing, which was expected to wrap up Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, could be extended an extra day.