On March 22, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation passed S. 3580, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act. This bill aims to crack down on unreasonable practices by container shipping lines, bolster U.S. enforcement against uncompetitive carrier practices and improve transparency for exporters. The bill also works to ensure that carriers (e.g. container shipping lines) may not unreasonably decline to export cargo.

Western Growers has proactively worked to support OSRA and its progression through the House and Senate. 

Tracey Chow

Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology Executive Director Dennis Donohue will speak at a March 29 webinar hosted by Microgrid Knowledge and entitled “Microgrids for the Food Industry: Simple and Practical Energy Solutions for Food Processors.”

The panel will cover what the typical components of a microgrid are and related forms of on-site generation; how energy as a service might improve your productivity and cost structure, and how to recognize the common criteria needed to determine if you company is a good fit for energy-as-a-service solution.

Ann Donahue

In response to the ongoing drought in California, the USDA Kings, Tulare and Kern County Farm Service Agency (FSA) and USDA Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement are partnering to conduct a short webinar on FSA programs that offer drought benefits to farmers and ranchers.

The webinar will take place on March 30 from 10-11 a.m. PT on Zoom, and a link to register can be found here.

Ann Donahue


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