Western Growers encourages you or a representative to attend public meetings being held beginning the week of May 5 that will help to assess existing agricultural nitrate control programs and develop recommendations to ensure that ongoing efforts are protective of groundwater supply quality. The outcome of this process will influence the way farming operations are regulated through the irrigated lands programs, specifically, how farming operations will have to track, report and manage nutrients.
A Drought Operations Plan for California was released this week providing a two-scenario approach for how the state’s two water systems will operate through the drought, according to the Central Valley Business Times. The plan was based on data and water conditions as of March 1; however, because the state experienced a wetter than expected March, it is possible that the plan may be revised to reflect increased water storage amounts which accumulated due to the storms.
The California Dept. of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is holding two meetings to introduce its new program for on-farm water conservation practices and to hear comments and suggestions from growers. The first meeting will be held in Sacramento on April 11; the second in Modesto on April 18:
Earlier this week, the Western Growers’ Executive Committee and Arizona board members joined forces in Phoenix for annual Leadership meetings. The WG directors, joined by WG President and CEO Tom Nassif and key staff, met with legislators, candidates, administration officials, political strategists and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry to discuss the 2014 elections and what they could mean for the future of Arizona and the fresh produce industry. Immigration reform was a key discussion topic in the meetings.
The House Natural Resources Committee held a field hearing in the epicenter of the drought stricken San Joaquin Valley yesterday to hear testimony from farmers affected by California’s water crisis. The hearing was preceded by a rally attended by hundreds on the steps of the Fresno City Hall.
The panel convened in Fresno at the behest of Rep. David Valadao who requested that a hearing be held on the water reform legislation he previously introduced. According The Fresno Bee, even though “Valadao’s bill does not address the Endangered Species Act, farmers, could not pass up the opportunity to discuss their frustration with it.”
The Western Growers Board of Directors, led by Chairman Bruce Taylor, concluded three-successful days of meetings and activities in Sacramento today highlighted by high level dialogues with state officials and regulators.