Western Growers is among more than 70 organizations who are asking California Governor Gavin Newsom to provide a short-term pause in enforcement of AB 5 via Executive Order in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court declining late last month to consider a challenge to the law brought by the California Trucking Association.

In a letter to Newsom, the organizations ask for the pause as well as calling for labor and industry to come to the table to negotiate a path forward to preserve small business trucking in the state and prevent further disruptions to the supply chain.

Matthew Allen

On Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it was extending the compliance dates for pre-harvest agricultural water provisions and outlined in the 2021 agricultural water proposed rule.

The 2021 agricultural water proposed rule, if finalized, will require farms to conduct annual systems-based agricultural water assessments to determine and guide appropriate measures to minimize potential risks associated with pre-harvest agricultural water.

Sonia Salas

The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, a 200-member coalition which is Co-Chaired by Western Growers President and CEO Dave Puglia alongside National Potato Council CEO Kam Quarles and Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association President Mike Joyner, has sent a policy statement to Congressional leaders to announce the group’s stance on what exactly can be defined as a specialty crop.

Dennis Nuxoll

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