WG&S April 2015: WG Strikes Alliance with Colorado Growers

We all know Western Growers members grow the best medicine in the world.  Embarking on the second year of our partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS), Western Growers is spreading the word that a nutritious diet, including the healthful choices such as the fruits, vegetables and nuts our members grow, pack and ship, along with maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise, can help reduce risk for certain types of cancer.

Bob Sakata, the patriarch and founding father of Sakata Farms Inc., Brighton, Colo., grew up in California and first began farming in the Golden State.  However, World War II led to his internment in a camp and negated the start of his farming career.  After the war ended, Bob Sakata moved to Colorado and started anew.

Get ready to hear a lot about tax reform in California, but be warned:  What most taxpayers would think of as reform may not be what we see from the California Legislature and the many interest groups that want to increase state spending.  They will use the word “reform” all day long, which in a technical sense may be correct.  Taking the system as it is, and changing it to something fundamentally different, is to re-form it.  Reform can refer to a process, but it’s more important to focus on reform as a policy outcome.

In the beginning, when the very first crops were tended, our hunter-gatherer ancestors laughed and said, “It can’t be done,” and forecast the demise of the farmer as the hunters marched out of camp to kill the beast that would become the tribal meal that night.

Hank Giclas

On February 20, 2015, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopted an amendment to the state Heat Illness Prevention (HIP) regulation, changing the requirements for potable water, shade, cool-down periods, high-heat procedures, emergency preparedness, acclimatization, training, and HIP plans.  The board is seeking a May 1 effective date from the Office of Administrative Law which has 30 days to review the rulemaking record to determine whether the Board has satisfied the procedural requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act.

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