Today, after steadily increasing the State Water Project (SWP) allocation from 10% in December to 45% in March, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) again increased its water delivery for most recipients to 60% of requests for 2016. The extra allocation is primarily due to March storms that provided substantial precipitation to Northern California, filling key northern reservoirs, including Shasta, Oroville and Folsom.

Jeff Janas

John R. Norton III, who served as Western Growers’ Chairman in 1980 and was an Association Award of Honor recipient in 1985, has died. He was 87. Norton passed away on Sunday April 17, 2016, in Arizona, surrounded by family. His contributions as an industry pioneer and visionary are impossible to overlook and profoundly contributed to the success of Western Growers, helping to make it the forward-thinking organization it is today.

Jeff Janas

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will host a webinar on April 25 to discuss key pieces of the Food Safety Modernization Act Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food. Under this rule, anyone transporting human and animal food—including shippers, loaders, carriers and receivers—must follow sanitary transportation procedures, such as properly refrigerating food, ensuring vehicles are sufficiently cleaned between loads and protecting food during transportation.

Stephanie Metzinger


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