The FDA’s Preventive Control Rule went into effect November 16, 2015, as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

This new rule makes current Good Manufacturing Practices mandatory and establishes new standards for Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls for human food. Some companies will need to be in compliance as soon as September 19, 2016, and qualified facilities must already retain documentation to support their status.

Stephanie Metzinger

Governor John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program, in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University, are set to host the 25th annual Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture on February 18 in Denver.

The focus of the 2016 Governor’s Ag Forum will be "The Next Generation of Agriculture" and will feature numerous ag experts from around Colorado and the country, including WG’s Jason Resnick and WG members Robert Sakata (Sakata Farms) and Michael Hirakata (Hirakata Farms).

Stephanie Metzinger

Last Wednesday, Senator Feinstein introduced a revised drought relief bill. Responding to the bill, Western Growers President & CEO Tom Nassif stated the following:

“We are encouraged by Senator Feinstein’s introduction of a revised drought bill, but to have any chance of success, it must have the support of Senator Boxer and the Obama and Brown administrations, as well as the environmental organizations that have pulled those parties away from reasonable compromise water legislation in the past.”

Cory Lunde

The gap between consumers and factual information about the food they consume can be daunting at times.

The Western Regional AgVocacy conference—scheduled for Feb. 19-20 in Reno, NV—will provide tangible take-aways, an opportunity to learn more about consumers’ viewpoints and a support system with fellow western U.S. farmers and ranchers.

The event session will focus on topics including the following:

Stephanie Metzinger

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