This month, Western Growers and AgSafe will be hosting the last of their produce safety workshops to assist California growers in meeting the training requirements under the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) produce safety regulation.

The FDA’s produce rule requires companies to employ at least one person who has completed the equivalent of this eight-hour class. These classes will be offered in Northern and Central California production areas and will be presented in both English and Spanish.

This eight hour class will cover the following topics:

Sonia Salas

Some of the most significant natural disasters took place in 2017 during times that were crucial for farming production. The 2017 Wildfire and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (WHIP) will provide extra help to growers hit hardest during hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria or any of the major wildfires over the year. The new U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster program will utilize $2.36 billion that Congress appropriated through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to help agricultural operations in at least nine states.

Here are the eligibility requirements:

Western Growers recently filed an amicus brief in support of petitioners in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an Endangered Species Act case pending in the U.S. Supreme Court. Petitioners challenge a final rule issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designating critical habitat for the dusky gopher frog, which was upheld by a divided panel (voting 2-1) of the United States Court of Appeals for the Firth Circuit. The gopher frog is endemic to areas of Mississippi and Louisiana.

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