California Governor Jerry Brown received a letter this week signed by thirty-four agriculture organizations, including Western Growers, asking him not to use the budget process to fundamentally change the state's groundwater laws.  The agriculture organizations stressed that rushing groundwater legislation was unnecessary and that doing so would conflict with sound public process and might create unintended consequences.

Dave Puglia

With temperatures around the state expected to again reach triple digits this week and strong Santa Ana winds throughout portions of the state, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) issued its second heat warning for 2014.  Cal/OSHA, the division of DIR that protects workers from health and safety hazards, issued the warning to employers as temperatures in much of California are expected to be well above normal. The unseasonably high temperatures make the risk of serious injury from heat illness to outdoor workers, such as farm laborers, a serious threat.


Greg Nelson


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