The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (District) issued a Special Advisory on August 3, 2015, reminding agricultural operators farming greater than 100 contiguous acres, having 500 or more mature dairy cows, or 190 or more of any other cattle that they are required to have and implement a Conservation Management Practices Plan (CMPP) with the District. The advisory also states that the CMPP must contain a plan to select and implement practices to limit dust emissions from unpaved roads and vehicle equipment traffic areas.

Jeff Janas

Western Growers Chairman Vic Smith will gavel to order the Orange County Board of Directors meeting tomorrow morning in Newport Beach. Committee meetings are scheduled all day on Wednesday and will include discussions on a variety of topics affecting the industry, including 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.

Jeff Janas

Earlier this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service published revisions to the listing/delisting process for species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Western Growers filed comments with both agencies praising the revisions that have been proposed. The proposed revisions provide for more state government input and increase the amount of scientific evidence required in the process, both of which should result in a fairer and more balanced listing/delisting process.  

Jeff Janas

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