The push for climate-minded policies at the state and federal level is getting stronger than ever. Countless proposals are being floated - from carbon emission reduction and renewable energy technologies to farm conservation programs and water quality. However, all these efforts currently overlook or miss a key point: their impact on - or usefulness to - specialty crops like fruits, vegetables and tree nuts.

Ann Donahue

In anticipation of another heavy wildfire season employers are reminded that wildfire smoke and subsequent cleanup efforts present unique workplace hazards.

In California, Cal/OSHA mandates protective equipment (e.g., N95 masks) as a wildfire season necessity in areas where the current Air Quality Index (current AQI) for airborne particulate matter 2.5 micrometers or smaller (PM2.5) is 151 or greater[1], and where employers should reasonably anticipate that employees could be exposed to wildfire smoke.

Governor Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order requiring that, by 2035, all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California must be zero-emission vehicles. Newsom’s press release states that the executive order is his latest action for “aggressively mov[ing] the state further away from its reliance on climate change-causing fossil fuels while retaining and creating jobs and spurring economic growth.”

Matthew Allen

California is only halfway through its fire season, yet the fires the state has been plagued with over the past month have ruined thousands of acres of land and caused many evacuations. Recently, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of RESPONSE.CA.GOV, a state website supplying Californians, who have been impacted by wildfires and utility-directed power shutoffs, with the proper tools and resources needed for wildfire recovery.

Jason Resnick

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We know our members care for their land and natural resources; after all, it is their livelihood. Our Government Affairs team works with policy makers to ensure, if legislation is required, it is developed using sound science and proven data.

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