The Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops Program (FSCSC) provides financial assistance to specialty crop operations for costs incurred obtaining or renewing food safety certifications. The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is making $200 million available to specialty growers to offset the cost of food safety expenses through the FSCSC program. Applications for the FSCSC program for 2022 are due Jan. 31, 2023. Applications for 2023 will open Feb. 1, 2023 and close on Jan. 31, 2024.

The FSA lists the following expenses that are eligible for reimbursement:

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Listen to keynote speakers, plenary sessions and panel discussions. Experience an exhibition of biological solutions. Meet growers and peers from all over the world.

The 2023 Salinas Biological Summit on June 20-21, 2023 is shaping up to be a must-attend event for Western Growers members to connect with startups, corporate players, investors, and regulators and to gain a global perspective on biological inputs.

The Drought Resilience Interagency and Partners (DRIP) is an opportunity for representatives from a wide range of water-related interested parties to be a part of a standing interagency drought and water shortage task force for the state of California.

This task force will facilitate proactive state planning and coordination for pre-drought planning, drought emergency response and post-drought recovery; develop strategies to enhance collaboration; and develop plans, responses and strategies in a way that considers all water users.

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