On August 24, 2014, at 3:20 AM, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake occurred just south of Napa, California.  Although it was not as strong as the Loma Prieta earthquake that struck nearby San Francisco in 1989, it caused significant damage to a number of homes and businesses in the Napa area.  About 200 people were injured, and the U.S. Geological Society estimates that total damage from this quake will approach $1 billion.  Unfortunately, since a majority of people do not buy earthquake insurance -- and damage from earthquakes is largely excluded from property insurance policies -- most of the damage will not be covered.

Greg Nelson

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

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