The Pesticide Data Program’s (PDP) 22nd Annual Summary for 2012 was released Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).  The program collects data on pesticide residues in food. According to the report summary, “Over 99 percent of the products sampled through the PDP had residues below the EPA tolerances. Ultimately, if EPA determines a pesticide is not safe for our families, it is removed from the market. This system of checks and balances provides Americans with the safest food supply in the world.”

Wendy Fink-Weber

This webinar will describe the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) resources, including conservation planning and programs that may be of help to Western Growers’ members.  An overview of the process by which NRCS works with farmers will be explained, including more specific details about the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), eligibility requirements and special assistance recently made available for drought relief.

Sonia Salas

Sexual Harassment is not to be taken lightly.  Sacramento’s Mercy General Hospital learned this the hard way when a 2012 federal court jury awarded a former Physician’s Assistant with $168,000,000 -- yes that’s $168 million dollars.  At the time, it was the largest sum to be awarded to a single plaintiff in an employment case.  The plaintiff claimed to have submitted at least 18 formal workplace complaints during her two year employment with the hospital.

Adriana Robles

In addition to its drought web page which was announced last week, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is teaming with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to hold information sessions for farmers on various drought resources that are available to them. According to a press release issued February 12, the sessions will be held throughout the state and will provide information on a variety of state and federal programs.   Information sessions are scheduled to run through February 26.     


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