The 2020 Center for Produce Safety Virtual Research Symposium provided a broad glimpse of knowledge gained and in-progress awareness of its sponsored research to its largest and most geographically broad stakeholder audience. For many, sometimes it is not quite clear whether this new knowledge represents solutions ready for adoption and if not, how close and what needs to happen next? What sectors should be preparing for subtle shifts in practices or policies and which project outcomes are fueling significant game-changing expectations?

Sonia Salas

Congressmen Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) headline a bipartisan letter to Vice President Mike Pence, as head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, requesting immediate assistance in securing safety equipment, including N-95 masks, for farmers and farmworkers impacted by the wildfire smoke.

“Such essential equipment will help protect those who continue to produce our agricultural products and contribute so much to our nation’s food security,” the letter states.

In response to the numerous California wildfires impacting farm operations and communities around the state, Western Growers has compiled a list of resources detailing produce, farm and worker safety in relation to wildfires.

The following is a list of resources WG members can utilize:

Stephanie Metzinger

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