Yesterday, Governor Doug Ducey announced Thomas Buschatzke as head of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR).  Buschatzke has been serving as assistant director for the department's Water Planning Division since 2011.  In that capacity, he has been responsible for planning and policy programs for the management of the state's water supplies.  According to the department’s press release, he also manages multiple regulatory and permitting programs and ADWR's water conservation and drought management efforts.

AnnaMarie Knorr

As the California drought emergency continues, the State Water Resources Control Board (The Board) issued a notice late last week advising all water rights holders that if hydrologic conditions do not significantly improve in the next several months, curtailments in 2015 can be expected to be the same as or exceed those seen in 2014.  In its notice, the Board encouraged water holders to plan ahead and to look into additional conservation measures and alternative water supplies.

Gail Delihant

Western Growers will present six startup ag tech companies affiliated with the RoyseLaw Ag Tech Incubator at a free webinar scheduled for Feb. 9, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Each startup will have ten minutes to pitch their ideas to……you!  Yes, Western Growers’ members will be the audience and judges for this 90 minute   “Shark-Tank-like” opportunity which aims to advance the technological capabilities of farming by supporting start-up companies and new ideas.  Your participation is invited and encouraged as we all strive to harness better technology to produce more and better with less.

Hank Giclas

Officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have reinstated inspection requirements for U.S. grown onions destined for Canada as of January 21, 2015.  The reinstatement applies to onions marketed fresh to consumers or intended for bulk or further processing/packaging and was prompted by the lack of a reciprocal agreement between the two countries that would have eliminated inspections on both sides of the border.  This affects both California and Arizona grower/shippers.

 

Tom Oliveri

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