Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema toured JV Smith Farms in Yuma this week, hosted by Western Growers member and former Board Chair Vic Smith, CEO of JV Smith Companies, for a chance to see cutting-edge technologies used by farmers in the field.

In particular, the tour focused on technologies employed by JV Smith, including Carbon Robotics’ automated LaserWeeder and pesticide-spraying drones.

Sinema later held a roundtable with a number of WG members and Yuma agriculture community leaders to discuss issues they were facing.

Michelle Rivera

More than 330 agricultural and environmental stakeholder groups called on Congress in a letter sent on Nov. 14 to reaffirm that states will not impose pesticide regulation in a manner that contradicts federal findings.

Signers of the letter, which includes Western Growers, expressed their concern that some states have begun to regulate pesticides in a manner that could impose additional labeling and packaging requirements that contradict decades of scientific guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Michelle Rivera

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