A week after Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic legislative leaders announced legislation for drought-related needs, both houses of the California state Legislature passed a $687 million drought relief package (AB 79 and SB 103) today.  If Brown signs the bills, as expected, they would take effect immediately.  WG staff worked with the key legislative staff on the fast-moving bills as the language evolved. In other news from Sacramento today, Governor Brown announced his re-election campaign.

Dave Puglia

This webinar will describe the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) resources, including conservation planning and programs that may be of help to Western Growers’ members.  An overview of the process by which NRCS works with farmers will be explained, including more specific details about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), eligibility requirements and special assistance recently made available for drought relief.

Sonia Salas

In addition to its drought web page which was announced last week, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is teaming with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to hold information sessions for farmers on various drought resources that are available to them. According to a press release issued February 12, the sessions will be held throughout the state and will provide information on a variety of state and federal programs.   Information sessions are scheduled to run through February 26.     

 

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