Throughout the last six months, a task force of agricultural representatives from Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and San Benito Counties has actively created a groundwater cooperative monitoring program for Regional Board approval.
The Western Growers Board of Directors wrapped up a productive week in Washington Thursday. Members of the group, led by WG Chairman Steve Barnard and CEO and President Tom Nassif, focused their energy on immigration reform, farm bill issues and food safety regulations.
Kern County growers recently experienced excessive winds and rain resulting in potential crop losses for almond and cherry growers. After this damage to permanent crops, now is a good time to take a look at one of the few safety nets available to growers. Crop Insurance is a tool that can diminish the financial impact of weather related devastation.
With near record-low precipitation in California this year, Governor Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order this week to streamline approvals for voluntary water transfers to assist California’s agricultural industry.
Members of the Western Growers Board of Directors are meeting in Washington, D.C. this week at a crucial moment for critical issues in the agriculture industry. While there, the board is meeting with national opinion and policy makers to discuss the need for immigration reform, specialty crop concerns with passage of the Farm Bill, food safety regulations and other pressing issues.