Join the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) as they host a free webinar overviewing the purpose of a new request for research proposals and the corresponding requirements to answer questions relating to water treatment. Following a pattern of multiple outbreak events, particularly from 2017 to 2018, and the strong association with continuing agricultural water risk concerns, a separate RFP for Ag Water Treatment was approved by the CPS Board of Directors. CPS representatives will provide the RFP background, guidance and proposal requirements.

Hank Giclas

California has had a banner year of rain and snow. Most of the state’s reservoirs are nearing capacity and the hills are still lush with greenery. However, wildfire season is rapidly approaching and these fires have the capacity to generate large amounts of wildfire smoke. Earlier this year, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board requested that Cal/OSHA develop an emergency regulation on adding further protections to workers from wildfire smoke.

Matthew Allen

On May 22, 2019, Colorado Governor Polis signed the “Equal Pay for Equal Work Act” into law, one of the toughest state pay equity laws in the country.  Under the new law, employers are prohibited from paying an employee of one sex (including gender identity) a wage rate less than the rate paid to an employee of a different sex (or gender identity) for “substantially similar work,” when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility and regardless of job title, except where the employer demonstrates that the wage differential is based on at least one of the following:

Jason Resnick

IRVINE, Calif., (May 23, 2019) -- In response to the release of the Trump administration’s latest trade assistance package, Western Growers President & CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement:

“We appreciate the efforts of the Administration to again partially offset the damages being incurred by the agriculture industry as a result of the ongoing trade war with China. In particular, we are pleased that the direct payment options have been expanded to include both table grapes and the broader tree nut industry.

Cory Lunde


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