In late February, Western Growers CEO and President Tom Nassif signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) to form a strategic alliance between the two trade associations.
Bob Sakata, the patriarch and founding father of Sakata Farms Inc., Brighton, Colo., grew up in California and first began farming in the Golden State. However, World War II led to his internment in a camp and negated the start of his farming career. After the war ended, Bob Sakata moved to Colorado and started anew.
The Thrive Accelerator program, which was launched last July to foster innovation in the agricultural sector, reached a milestone in early March when 10 of the most innovative firms gave 20 minute presentations of their business ideas to a panel of judges.
Get ready to hear a lot about tax reform in California, but be warned: What most taxpayers would think of as reform may not be what we see from the California Legislature and the many interest groups that want to increase state spending. They will use the word “reform” all day long, which in a technical sense may be correct. Taking the system as it is, and changing it to something fundamentally different, is to re-form it. Reform can refer to a process, but it’s more important to focus on reform as a policy outcome.
Bill Dodd, who was a member of the Napa County Board of Supervisor for 14 years, was elected to the Assembly in his first run for the office in November of 2014. He is a Democrat having switched party affiliation in 2013.
On February 20, 2015, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopted an amendment to the state Heat Illness Prevention (HIP) regulation, changing the requirements for potable water, shade, cool-down periods, high-heat procedures, emergency preparedness, acclimatization, training, and HIP plans. The board is seeking a May 1 effective date from the Office of Administrative Law which has 30 days to review the rulemaking record to determine whether the Board has satisfied the procedural requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act.
Steve Danna is a fourth-generation farmer who grew up on a farm and farms today with his brother, Joseph, and his Aunt Dee. He went to an agriculture school, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, so it all makes sense.