After months of negotiations, the House and Senate passed the budget for the federal government yesterday. Attached to the government spending package were several dozen smaller bills, with the text of the legislation totaling nearly 5,600 pages.

Below are the significant items that will most affect Western Growers members:

Dennis Nuxoll

WG has joined a coalition of 28 California agriculture associations in support of AB 93, a bill by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (56th AD) that prioritizes workers in the food supply industry, including field workers, for rapid testing and vaccination programs in response to COVID-19.

In a letter to Assemblymember Garcia, the coalition states: “With COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations on the rise, it is imperative we protect those that continue to serve the population of the state and nation by ensuring they are some of the first in line for the vaccine.”

Matthew Allen

President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack as secretary of agriculture. Vilsack, who is currently President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, previously served eight years as agriculture secretary in the Obama administration.

Cory Lunde

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