The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is accepting proposals for the 2021 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP), a federal grant opportunity offered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

The SCMP will competitively award funds to projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projections that address regional or national-level specialty crop issues. These issues can include food safety, plant pests and disease, research, crop-specific projects addressing common issues and marketing and promotion.

Gail Delihant

Last week, the Executive Committee of the Western Growers Board of Directors met with members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives during the annual D.C. fly-in.

The Executive Committee met with nearly 20 senators, representatives and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials over the course of three days. Legislators were from California, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Arkansas.

Tracey Chow

From January 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021, California requires employers with 26 or more employees to provide their workers up to 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) for COVID-19 related reasons. Employers must provide this paid time off for employees who need to stay home due to COVID-19 illness or exposure, caring for a family member, a COVID-19 test or vaccine, recovering from side effects, and more.

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