Today, the United States Senate voted 68 to 32 passing the long-awaited new Farm Bill (the Agricultural Act of 2014) which is a significant advance for the fresh fruit and vegetable industry.  Of the 32 senators who voted against it, 23 were Republicans and nine were Democrats. The bill now goes to the White House.  President Obama is expected to sign it into law this Friday in Michigan, the home state of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow.

Dennis Nuxoll

The February 2014 edition of the WG&S Magazine is in the mail.  Here’s a preview of some of the stories you will see:  

 

Cover Story

Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act: The PACA is here to help!

 

President’s Notes

Why I Think 2014 is the Year We Get Immigration Reform

 

Member Profile

Commodity Focus Drives Beachside Produce

Jeff Janas

On January 31, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced a zero percent water allocation for State Water Project (SWP) customers if current conditions persist.  According to a DWR press release, the new allocation estimate is a direct consequence of Governor Jerry Brown’s state water emergency declaration which was made on January 17.  DWR also indicated the zero percent water allocation was made to protect the health and safety of Californians from more severe water shortages in the months ahead.

Dave Puglia

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