In light of the National Weather Service’s most recent excessive heat watch alert, Cal/OSHA is reminding all employers to take steps to prevent heat illness during a period of high heat across the state. When the temperature is 95 degrees or more, certain employers must implement effective high-heat procedures like additional monitoring of workers for signs of heat illnesses, and those in agriculture are required to provide extra cool-down rest periods in addition to required breaks.

Jason Resnick

Santa Barbara County has joined Housing for the Harvest, the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s new program that provides temporary hotel housing for agricultural workers in need of a place to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19. Santa Barbara is the third county to participate in the program, which includes both Fresno and San Joaquin counties.

The Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health will partner with the local Family Service Agency to manage the program.

Chardae Heim

On Tuesday, September 1, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Commerce (Commerce) released a joint report outlining the Trump Administration’s plan to address foreign produce imports and their impact on American producers of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables.

Tracey Chow

If you haven't already registered for the virtual Agri-Pulse Food & Ag Policy Summit West next Wednesday, September 9th, don’t wait! Sponsored in part by WG, registration is FREE for all WG members.

The day will feature thought-provoking discussions on sustainability, food waste, alternative protein and more, with top leaders in the food and agriculture industries. With an all-star lineup of speakers, you won't want to miss this first annual event.

Cory Lunde

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