The 2020 Center for Produce Safety Virtual Research Symposium provided a broad glimpse of knowledge gained and in-progress awareness of its sponsored research to its largest and most geographically broad stakeholder audience. For many, sometimes it is not quite clear whether this new knowledge represents solutions ready for adoption and if not, how close and what needs to happen next? What sectors should be preparing for subtle shifts in practices or policies and which project outcomes are fueling significant game-changing expectations?

Sonia Salas

Congressmen Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) headline a bipartisan letter to Vice President Mike Pence, as head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, requesting immediate assistance in securing safety equipment, including N-95 masks, for farmers and farmworkers impacted by the wildfire smoke.

“Such essential equipment will help protect those who continue to produce our agricultural products and contribute so much to our nation’s food security,” the letter states.

On September 9th, Western Growers (WG) is sponsoring the virtual Agri-Pulse Food & Ag Policy Summit West, which will feature an intriguing slate of experts from leading food companies discussing food waste, sustainability and even alternative forms of plant-based and cell-based proteins. In addition, WG will host a special late afternoon “Happy Hour” session on the lessons learned by Agri-Pulse journalists in nearly two years of covering California agriculture, the legislature and administration.

Cory Lunde

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