In his January column in this magazine, Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif told readers it is the association’s goal “to advance technology innovation in the fresh produce industry thereby improving our ability to produce more food in more efficient ways.”
Have you ever wondered how different parties in the fresh produce supply chain are implementing sustainability practices? Are they doing more than your business? Less? Are there new and innovative ways to approach sustainability? If these are questions you have asked yourself, consider joining Western Growers for an informational webinar related to three current sustainability efforts and perspectives.
The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has declined to consider appeals that challenge water export restrictions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The restrictions, implemented in accordance with the Endangered Species Act, were set forth in 2008 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
On Friday, U.S. Supreme Court justices will meet to consider several pending appeals, including two that focus on the California water dispute; one from a coalition of water agencies and the second from Central Valley growers.
Statement by Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif:
“We have spent years working together to create a better water plan for our state’s future. Voter approval of the water bond was one important step, and the enactment of groundwater regulation legislation, while controversial, has been achieved. However, reliable water supplies for much of California will remain elusive without improvements to the Delta. The revisions to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan mark another important step in moving the project forward. We must continue this progress to protect California’s water security.”
Despite its passage in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week, HR 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014, is not expected to be acted upon by the Senate, effectively ending hope of federal legislation impacting the current water year.
In an effort to avoid losing precious water in the 2015 water year (which started October 1), several California House Republicans, led by Congressman David Valadao, and bolstered by support from Democratic Congressman Jim Costa, introduced emergency legislation this week to provide short-term relief for California’s continuing water crisis.