California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer along with Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, all Democrats, introduced the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014 today.   The bill provides congressional direction to federal agencies responsible for implementing federal regulations affecting operations of the Central Valley Project (CVP) and the State Water Project (SWP).

Dennis Nuxoll

According the Imperial Valley News, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has come out with a new drought resources web page to provide a clearinghouse of information to water-strapped producers.  Also available in Spanish, the web page includes critical information and links to local, state and national agencies that may offer assistance programs to farmers and ranchers who have been harmed by the drought.

Jeff Janas

California Republicans succeeded in passing H.R. 3964 (Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act), a measure sponsored by Congressman David Valadao (R-Hanford), largely along party lines with a vote of 229-191. Valadao said, “While Californians are dealing with the brunt of the water shortage, this issue affects the entire country. 

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

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