This month’s WG&S deals with the topic of water. It is a topic on the forefront of everyone’s mind as California is in its fourth consecutive year of drought and the water shortages faced by the state gin up arguments about who is at fault and what constituency will have to “give” (water) in order to weather this lack of storms.
Rousseau Farming Company’s Food Safety Officer Kami Weddle is teaching Arizona’s children how their food is grown, why we should eat lots of fruits and veggies and the importance of the specialty crop industry to Arizona.
Early last year, both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate passed legislation that would address the drought in California and attempt to provide some immediate assistance. But like much of Congress’ work, compromise proved to be elusive and neither of those efforts reached the president’s desk.
California governors seem predestined to be beset by crises. There is something about this place that seems to foster them. Pete Wilson’s tenure will be remembered as much for his management of multiple crises—major earthquakes, fiscal meltdowns, urban riots—as for his policy achievements.
In late March, members of the Western Growers’ Board of Directors engaged over several days in a series of Sacramento meetings and discussions with administration officials and state legislators on key issues affecting the specialty crop industry.
Western Growers and Silicon Valley Global Partners (SVG Partners) have entered into an exclusive strategic alliance agreement to find, accelerate, advance and invest in innovative solutions intended to solve critical challenges to production agriculture through technology and produce more with less water, labor and inputs.
On Wednesday, April 1, Jerry Brown stood on a bare patch of ground in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and announced mandatory statewide cutbacks in water use to deal with the California drought. It is now in its fourth year and, by some measurements, is the worst drought on record.