California lawmakers rejected a measure yesterday that would have created the nation’s strictest statewide regulations on single-use plastics. If passed, companion bills SB 54 (Allen) and AB 1080 (Gonzalez) would have phased out single-use plastics – including items such as plastic bags, film packaging and produce bags – which would have created extraordinary challenges for the agriculture industry.

After AB 1080 passed the Senate on Sunday, SB 54 fell four votes shy of passing the Assembly Monday night.

Gail Delihant

Earlier today, leaders in the leafy greens industry hosted a webinar to provide details on what the leafy greens community is doing to ensure the safety of leafy greens. The webinar is now on-demand and available for viewing here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/2696184340064126215

The webinar highlighted some of the things being done to make leafy greens safe, including the following:

Sonia Salas

Don’t miss Western Growers Legal Updates Webinar Series, moderated by WG’s Vice President and General Counsel, Jason Resnick tomorrow at 11:00 AM (PDT). Attorneys from Dentons’ global team will offer their insights on Agricultural Trade: Current Climate and Trends: Practical Considerations During COVID-19 and Beyond.

Jason Resnick

Cleantech Entrepreneur Ryan Park joins Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology (WGCIT) Director Dennis Donohue for the next Innovating in Challenging Times webinar on Thursday, September 3. Park will be discussing his company, Concept Clean Energy, and the advancements they have made amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Concept Clean Energy creates agtech that addresses specific challenges and allows an operation multiple opportunities to reduce its reliance on the public power grid. This solar technology allows users to move toward becoming energy self-sufficient.

Chardae Heim

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