The Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) announced this week that the 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program – Farm Bill grant manual is now available and applications are now being accepted. The sole purpose of the Specialty Block Grant Program is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Arizona. The department projects that $840,000 will be made available to in this funding cycle with distribution of monies expected to occur in late 2016.

Jeff Janas

The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) has issued noticed that the OSH Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday March, 2, 2016, in Yuma, Arizona. Among other agenda items, the committee will be entertaining discussion and taking public comment on recommendations for a proposed ‘backover’ standard covering agriculture issues in Arizona. Backover regulations pertain to equipment and process requirements for a variety of vehicles when traveling backwards.

Jeff Janas

Western Growers invites you to attend the World Agri-Tech Investment Summit in San Francisco on March 16-17, 2016. The summit will bring together agribusiness leaders, agtech innovation drivers, venture capital investors and technology developers from around the world to discuss the future of agriculture and develop ideas to achieve transformational change in the industry.

Stephanie Metzinger

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