In recent years, the number of pollinators appears to be in decline due to various factors. Western Growers' members can learn more about current issues surrounding pollinators and best practices to sustain their services during the next Lunch & Learn webinar on April 27.

Pollinators are an essential component of both natural and agricultural ecosystems. While they support biodiversity and habitats, they also play a key role in the production of crops that require pollination—such as the case of most fruits and vegetables.

Stephanie Metzinger

Western Growers’ Board of Directors are meeting in Sacramento this week to discuss a variety of topics affecting the agriculture industry. Tomorrow, Western Growers Chairman Larry Cox will gavel the meeting to order and committee meetings will follow. The Board will cover issues such as water, labor, food safety, agtech, legislative proposals, trade, and transportation issues. The full board will meet on Thursday to report on their respective discussions and to take up any items passed out of the committees.

Stephanie Metzinger

On March 2, 2016, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Imperial, Marin, Mendocino and Trinity counties in California as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought.

Because they are contiguous to the prime disaster designated counties, the following counties in California and Arizona are also eligible for assistance:

California

Jeff Janas

Last Wednesday, Senator Feinstein introduced a revised drought relief bill. Responding to the bill, Western Growers President & CEO Tom Nassif stated the following:

“We are encouraged by Senator Feinstein’s introduction of a revised drought bill, but to have any chance of success, it must have the support of Senator Boxer and the Obama and Brown administrations, as well as the environmental organizations that have pulled those parties away from reasonable compromise water legislation in the past.”

Cory Lunde

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Environment

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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