(April 18, 2011)—The U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a field hearing April 19 in Salinas, Calif., to investigate how Environmental Protection Agency regulations and rule-making processes are affecting farmers. Led by committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, the hearing will cite specific regulatory processes that result in inflexible and impractical requirements without the benefit of the best available science, public review of data and serious stakeholder engagement.

Wendy Fink-Weber

A new report released by Western Growers and Produce Marketing Association (PMA) provides valuable insight into produce-specific food safety research findings presented at the Center for Produce Safety’s first-ever Research Symposium in June 2010. The report lays out key findings from – and real-world applications of – CPS’s first 11 research projects in practical and comprehensible terms.

Wendy Fink-Weber

IRVINE, Calif. (March 3, 2011) – U.S. and Mexico governments announced an agreement in principle today to provide a path to concluding the nearly two-year-long dispute of the Cross Border Trucking Pilot Program. Once the agreement is finalized, it will have a positive impact on the fresh produce industry—particularly producers of lettuce, pears, grapes, strawberries, apricots and almonds—as it could significantly reduce tariffs on produce shipped to Mexico. Since the dispute began growers in California and Arizona have seen sales to Mexico decline.

Wendy Fink-Weber

IRVINE, Calif. (March 3, 2011)–At a time when budget cuts, invasive pests, government over-regulation and other issues threaten the region’s fresh produce industry, helping to support a new generation of leaders is even more important. Hailing from California and Arizona, eight future leaders met today for the Western Growers Future Volunteer Leaders Program.

Wendy Fink-Weber

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