Cal/OSHA is reminding all employers with outdoor workers to take the necessary precautions to prevent heat illness, as high temperatures are expected throughout the state this week.

The law requires employers to provide outdoor workers fresh water, access to shade at 80 degrees and whenever requested by a worker and cool-down rest breaks in addition to regular breaks. Employers must maintain a written prevention plan with training on the signs of heat illness and what to do in case of an emergency.

Ann Donahue

In the digital age, information is power - but data in a silo can't reach its full potential to create prosperity. Enter Farmer's Business Network, a farmer-driven information source that provides agronomic precision data to all its members.

"We wanted to level the playing field for farmers," says Amol Deshpande, FBN's CEO and Co-Founder.

With a goal of providing competitive opportunities for small farmers, the platform offers everything from data analytics to on-farm biological trialing programs.

Ann Donahue

The United States Department of Agriculture has designated eight counties in Arizona as Primary Natural Disaster Areas, which allows the extension of emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters, such as the ongoing drought

The eligible counties are: Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Mohave and Navajo. Contiguous counties also are eligible, including: Gila, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Yavapai and Yuma.

Robert Medler

The next stop in the AgTechX Ed series of events co-hosted by Western Growers and the California Department of Food and Agriculture is open for registration.

The half-day AgTechX Ed Summit at Woodland Community College on June 1 will be comprised of three panels, in addition to several keynote addresses, covering topics including: industry issues and skill identification; education and workforce development strategies; and current and future workforce needs on the farm.

Ann Donahue

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