May 12, 2021

Media Coverage: WG Urges Caution in Implementation of Emergency Drought Proclamation

The Packer: California grower groups respond to California’s emergency drought proclamation 
California grower groups applauded the state’s May 10 expansion of emergency drought measures but urged caution in their implementation. “Governor Newsom took a measured step in the right direction, but caution is needed in implementation of this proclamation,”  Dave Puglia, Western Growers president and CEO, said in a statement.
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AndNowYouKnow: The California Fresh Fruit Association and Western Growers Comment on Expansion to Emergency Drought Proclamation
The Golden State has long struggled with the threats of extreme drought, and the produce industry has felt the brunt of this challenge. Governor Gavin Newsom recently expanded the government’s precautionary drought plans, revealing that 39 additional California counties will be included as part of the April 21 emergency drought proclamation.
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Agri-Pulse Daybreak West: Curtailing water rights could hurt vulnerable communities, say ag groups
While Gov. Gavin Newsom’s expanded drought declaration and $5 billion relief package have drawn industry praise, trade groups have remained suspicious of what the new authorities could mean to growers.” Water curtailments disproportionately impact rural and disadvantaged communities,” said Western Growers CEO Dave Puglia in a statement.
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