On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown issued a drought declaration for the state of California which was received favorably by the agriculture community.  Upon the Governor’s announcement, Western Grower’s president and CEO, Tom Nassif, issued the following statement to the media:

“We appreciate the action taken by Governor Brown today.  Drought conditions are wreaking havoc on farmers in California, especially in the San Joaquin Valley.  The situation is dire and requires the full attention of state and federal leaders which is why the declaration is so important.

Dave Puglia

Bus loads of farmers and farm workers from the Central Valley and the Central Coast descended on the state capitol this morning to take part in a Latino-sponsored water rally as reported by the Sacramento Bee.  The purpose of the rally was to bring attention to the state’s severe water shortage and the effect it is having.  Shouts of, “No water – no jobs!” rang loud and clear and were accompanied by signs that read, “Sin agua=no ay future” (No water, No future).

Gail Delihant

Last week, bi-partisan legislation was introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate that would restore the president’s authority to negotiate trade deals.  Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Max Baucus (D-MT), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Dave Camp (R-MI) both introduced Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation that, once passed, will increase U.S. exports and support the creation of American jobs, including in the agriculture industry. 

Ken Barbic

Governor Jerry Brown announced his proposed budget for 2014-15 today.  For the first time in two years, no budget cuts are proposed for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), while the State Water Resources Control Board stands to receive a transfer of $200 million and 291 positions from the state Dept. of Public Health to take over administration of programs to ensure clean and safe drinking water, especially in communities with groundwater contamination.

 

Dave Puglia

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