Members of the Western Growers Board of Directors convened this week in Orange County under the leadership of Chairman Bruce Taylor to deliberate the top issues affecting the industry. High on the list of issues discussed were the drought and regulatory restrictions on water supply, food safety, labor union activities and immigration reform.  Several standing committees featured guest speakers.  Dr. Jay Famiglietti, a senior water cycle scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and David Orth, general manager of the Kings River Conservation District, presented to the Water Committee; Amy Wolfe, president and CEO of AgSafe, presented to the Labor Committee; and Dr. Jerry Baron, executive director of IR-4 presented to the Food Safety, Science & Technology Committee. 

Dave Puglia

As a result of California SB 103, an emergency drought relief measure, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has announced that it is now accepting applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP).  Applicants may apply for an estimated $10 million in competitive grants that can be used to for the implementation of water conservation measures that result in increased water efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. 

Gail Delihant

In response to an increasing interest in solar energy systems from our members, Western Growers Science and Technology staff have assembled a list of subject matter experts who understand the marketplace and work directly with solar vendors that have been independently vetted for projects in the agricultural sector.  These experts work with credible solar vendors and can provide reliable information on financing and leasing arrangements.

Sonia Salas

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