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Progreso Produce owner charged in multimillion-dollar fraud

USDA Cites Progreso Produce Limited 1 L.P. in Texas for PACA Violations

Release No.: 186-14
Nadine Wilkins (202) 720-8998

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Progreso Produce Limited 1 L.P., Boerne, Texas, for failure to pay for produce.

The company failed to pay $3,904,232 to eight sellers for 760 lots of produce. 

This is in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). 

As a result of these actions, USDA and Progreso Produce Limited 1 L.P. entered into a consent decision barring the company from operating in the produce industry until June 25, 2016, at which time it may reapply for a PACA license.

The company’s principal, Curtis H. Deberry, may not be employed by or affiliated with any PACA licensee until June 25, 2015, and then only with the posting of a USDA-approved surety bond.…



Brisbane Markets hopes bidders will dig deep at the mango auction on October 9 in support Diabetes QLD and Life Education Queensland

OCTOBER 07, 2014 12:00AM

Mango wholesaler Peter Tighe all set for the Brisbane Markets annual Mango Charity Auction. Picture: PATRIA JANNIDES

THE King of Fruits is exp­ected to send bidders into a frenzy at the annual Brisbane Markets charity mango auction this Thursday.

A symbolic tray of the season’s first prized mangoes will go under the hammer to support Diabetes Queensland and Life Education Queensland, with the highest bidder crowned the Mango King or Queen.

Brisbane Markets chief executive Andrew Young said he hoped the auction would top last year’s event, which raised more the $68,000 for the charities.

“There’s always a great ­atmosphere at the auction. It’s busy and a bit tense, and there’s an air of expectation,”
he said.

“Being a charity auction there’s a degree of nervousness as well because it ultima…

SPAIN MANGO HARVEST 2014: Helicopter patrol and checkpoints set up to protect mango fields in Axarquia

PUBLISHED: OCTOBER 7, 2014 AT 1:00 PM • 


By Jacqueline Fanchini,

A POLICE helicopter has been sent up to protect Spain’s most expensive cash crop.

The Guardia Civil chopper is keeping an eye on 9,000 hectares of mango plantations in the Axarquia, as harvesting season gets into full flow.

The measure – alongside police road checkpoints – has been introduced to prevent the growth of fruit-snatching in the region.

Local shops and markets are also party to random checks to prove that the mangoes they are selling are legitimate.

Thieves can make up to €3/kg for the crop.

The move came after farm association Asaja met with Guardia Civil, local police and the Velez-Malaga’s mayor to discuss ways to cut down on theft.

Because of the variety of mango breeds harvest season can last up until early December and the season is expected to be a bumper harvest with up to 25,000 tonnes expected.

Axarquia is one of the only places in Europe with an appropriate climate f…

Presenting The "Hookers & Blow" GDP Component For Select European Economies

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/07/2014 20:37 -0400

Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog,

Now that European Union countries are required by law to keep tabs on illegal activities as part of their economic indicators, we decided to look at some select European countries more closely.

The new accounting rules mandated by the EU’s statistics office, Eurostat, include revenue from illegal activities related to drugs trafficking, prostitution and cigarette smuggling.

Of course, there’s no actual reliable data to measure these illegal activities, so it’s all guesswork. 

But hey, whatever floats your boat—or boosts your GDP.

For example, to figure out how prostitution contributed to the country’s economy, Spain’s national statistics agency counted the number of “known prostitutes” working in the country and consulted sex clubs to calculate how much they earned.

Known prostitutes? Do they have a Facebook group?

And how about if these “known prostitutes” move around the borderless Schengen …