SWRCB to Hear Proposal

SWRCB to Hear Proposal on Increasing Unimpaired Flows in the Delta   The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) will look at a proposal next week that seeks to update the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan under California’s Porter-Cologne Act. The proposal, which is opposed by American Pistachio Growers, seeks to require an average…

Trade Mitigation Program

  USDA announces tariff mitigation for agriculture On July 24, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the USDA was implementing a trade mitigation program to provide aid to agriculture industries impacted by the ongoing tariff issues. The deal has three programs: The Market Facilitation Program, authorized under The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter…

Immigration Law: Federal vs. State

Judicial Guidance for Employers In response to a perceived crack-down on illegal immigration by the federal government, the California Legislature has passed, and Governor Brown has signed, three major pieces of legislation intended to protect undocumented residents of California that have been challenged by the Trump Administration in federal court. APG Director of Government Relations…

Water Bond Gets Ballot Number

Lend some space to Proposition 3 effort   The Water Bond officially has a ballot number for the November 2018 ballot, Proposition 3. As a supporter and contributor to the campaign for Proposition 3, APG is actively involved in the steering committee directing the campaign. Now that the June primary is completed, the campaign is…

APG California PAC Sponsors District Event for Assemblyman Bigelow

APG Sponsors district event for Assemblyman Frank Bigelow   The APG California PAC helped sponsor an event for Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) at CRU Winery in Madera, CA. The Assemblyman represents Assembly District 5, which encompasses all or part of Madera, Mono, Mariposa, Tuolumne, Alpine, Calaveras and El Dorado counties. As a lifelong farmer, including…

New EU MRL

New EU MRL for phosphonate fertilizer will allow for use in pistachio production[1]   On June 6, 2018 the EU published permanent Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for fosetyl-al on tree nuts. The new MRLs are set at 500 ppm and will enter into force on June 26, 2018. Without this definitive MRL, the temporary level…