The California Legislature is expected to vote this week on a multi-billion dollar transportation tax increase proposal put forth by Governor Jerry Brown, Speaker Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon. Western Growers issued an Action Alert to members yesterday urging them to contact their respective assemblymember and senator to tell them to vote ‘No’ on the proposal when it is voted on later this week.

Jeff Janas

On April 6, 2017, the FDA Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food became effective. With some exceptions, the rule applies to shippers, receivers, loaders, and carriers who transport food in the United States by motor or rail vehicle. Shippers, receivers, or carriers that have less than $500,000 in average annual revenue are exempt from the rule. Transportation activities performed by a farm are also exempt.

Jeff Janas

As reported in Spotlight on March 9, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) temporarily postponed enforcement of a new regulation requiring the tarping of citrus that is being transported in open trucks to prevent the potential spread of the Asian citrus psyllid.

Enforcement was delayed to provide the citrus industry with additional time to comply with the new rule.

Jeff Janas

A new tarping regulation for citrus loads has been put on hold by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The regulation, which was supposed to go into effect March 1, requires all citrus loads traveling throughout the state to be fully tarped.

It is important for growers to still plan on complying with this regulation, as it will eventually be enforced.

For more information, contact Ken Gilliland at (949) 885-2267. 

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