This week, in response to water legislation he introduced last month, Western Growers sent a letter to  California congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) objecting to a crop sustainability provision that would set a dangerous precedent for the agriculture industry. While the bill includes some interesting ideas, WG expressed concern over that particular provision and explained why trying to measure the sustainability of crops absent irrigation water was a poor idea. 

Jeff Janas

The Western Growers Board of Directors wrapped-up a successful meeting today in Orange County, having deliberated top issues affecting the fresh produce industry. Chairman Vic Smith of JV Smith Companies led two days of committee meetings and a general session that included policy discussions on water supply, labor, food safety, trade, transportation issues, and innovation.    

Jeff Janas

Last week, the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) -- in advance of this fall’s federal elections -- made a platform commitment to introduce payment protection for produce sellers similar to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) offered in the United States. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council praised NDP leader Thomas Mulclair for taking a strong position on the issue, one that is considered by them as their top issue in the election.

Jeff Janas

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