As the California Legislature approaches Summer Recess, discussions are heating up between legislators and the governor regarding extension of the state’s cap and trade program beyond 2020. The existing cap and trade system was designed and implemented as a market mechanism to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in accordance with AB 32, passed in 2006. AB 32 required a reduction in GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

Stephanie Metzinger

In an effort to return power to the states and provide regulatory certainty to farmers and businesses, the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Army, and Army Corps of Engineers have taken the first of a two-step process to redefine 'waters of the U.S.’ (WOTUS). President Trump issued an Executive Order this past February clearing the way for the initiative.

Jeff Janas

Western Growers’ President and CEO Tom Nassif issued a statement yesterday on Donald Trump being elected as the 45th president of the United States. 

Nassif congratulated President-elect Trump and Vice-president-elect Mike Pence on a “well-earned victory.” He also expressed optimism that the new president and his administration “will work together to pursue pragmatic solutions to key agricultural issues, including immigration reform, water supply, environmental regulations, international trade and the farm bill.”

Jeff Janas

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