Last week, Western Growers submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) criticizing their proposed regulations defining the waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The agencies requested public comments on the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that determine the range of waters that fall under the federal government’s jurisdiction.     

Dennis Nuxoll

A.G. Kawamura, owner and partner of Orange County Produce, L.L.C. and Western Growers Board Director, recently spoke at a local TEDx Orange Coast Conference taking on the notion that our national food system is broken and needs fixed.  His speech entitled, “Food is a privilege, not a right,” takes on the critics who think that we need to change our views about food and agriculture.

Western Growers

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has announced a second round of funding for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) that was authorized in SB 103, emergency drought legislation passed earlier this year. (Spotlight reported on CDFA’s first round of funding which was extended in a previous edition.) Up to $150,000 is available to applicants for water and energy conservation projects such as equipment to facilitate water saving measures and other quantifiable water distribution and greenhouse gas reduction management practices.

Gail Delihant

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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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