In an effort to develop technologies that meet growers’ exact needs, the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT) and its resident start-up companies invite you to participate in our AgTech Survey.

The agtech startups working out of the WGCIT are dedicated to creating technologies based on growers’ input. The results of this short survey will help the startups determine which tech platforms are most useful to our members.

Stephanie Thara

The FDA’s Produce Safety Rule has raised some questions regarding the current requirements for water testings, particularly using EPA method 1603. While FDA’s guidance on these requirements is forthcoming, some efforts have been taken to determine if this method can be practically implemented. This webinar will share the findings of recent bench studies conducted in Arizona comparing the EPA 1603 and the SM 9223B methods. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about the findings!

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Water Testing Methods: Laboratory Bench Findings

Stephanie Thara

Yesterday, the California Water Commission announced that the application period for water storage projects will be open from March 14, 2017, to August 14, 2017. Proponents of new water storage projects in California are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible. Through this program, the Commission will fund the public benefits of water storage projects that improve the operation of the state water system, are cost effective, and provide a net improvement in ecosystem and water quality conditions.

Stephanie Thara

Governor Brown’s budget proposes an increase of five new positions and $1 million for the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) Waste Discharge Permit Fund.

During the budget briefing conference call with state agencies, Western Growers’ staff questioned why the $1 million increase was necessary. 

Since 2004, the governor’s budget has capped the ILRP budget at 23 positions; however, four other regions have also adopted ILRP programs, necessitating the need for a larger budget. Those regions are:

Jeff Janas

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Western Growers represents our members to mitigate unbalanced legislative and regulatory proposals that would place undue burden and restrictions on the fresh produce farmers who grow our food.

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Will this year be The Lost El Niño?

El Niño has already brought major rain and snow to California. But most of it is going straight out to the ocean. Why are we missing this opportunity to recover from the drought?