The Hong Kong government has suspended the import and sale of Salinas-originated romaine lettuce, due to the most recent E.coli outbreak. According to the USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the ban has been effective since November 23, 2019, and applies to any and all forms, including head and salad mixes.
USDA announced today the second allocation of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments to farmers who have been impacted by the trade wars. The payments will begin the week before Thanksgiving. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will now be eligible to receive 25% of the total payment expected, in addition to the 50% they have already received from the 2019 MFP. If conditions warrant, the third allotment will be made in January 2020.
Western Growers' HR Learning and Development Manager Anna Bilderbach has been delivering both public and private Management 101: Introduction to Supervision and Harassment Prevention trainings to WG members throughout California.