Yesterday, Western Growers joined a group of 38 agriculture organizations in sending a letter to congressional leaders requesting changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sectors received only 1.3 percent of the original $349 billion in approved funding.

The letter requests several changes for agriculture to fully participate in the SBA relief programs:

Cory Lunde

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers published in the Federal Register a final rule to replace the Obama administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

The rule, which defines the scope of waters federally regulated under the Clean Water Act, is effective June 22, and has been named the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR).

Cory Lunde

Today, WG President and CEO, Dave Puglia, appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom with Sandra Smith to discuss the ripple effects of the collapse of the foodservice sector on the fresh produce industry.

“The loss of the restaurant sector really threw a grenade in the middle of our food supply chain,” Puglia noted at the outset of the interview.

In the interview, Smith focused on the juxtaposition of the food waste that has resulted from the loss of the foodservice market and the increasing demand at food banks.

Cory Lunde

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