Farm Bill 2018

The current Farm Bill was passed in 2014 and is set to expire in September 2018. Both the U.S. House and Senate have each developed their own versions of a replacement Farm Bill which will need to be reconciled at Conference later in the year. House Farm Bill fails passage The House version of the…

Bushy Top Approved for TAP Program

On May 31, the United States Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (USDA-FSA) State Committee approved pistachio Bushy Top Syndrome as a natural disaster, thereby allowing pistachios to be included in USDA’s Tree Assistance Program (TAP). This means that eligible growers affected by the Bushy Top Syndrome could receive government assistance for the replacement of their…

FDA Releases Guide for FSMA

The FDA has released a Small Entity Compliance Guide for FSMA which provides clarification on compliance dates and information on extensions. On August 24, 2016, FDA published in the Federal Register a final rule that extended the dates for compliance with certain provisions in four final rules: Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls…

Pistachios Hit DC

  American Pistachio Grower Director of Government Relations Rob Nash traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate on behalf of American Pistachio Grower members. Rob’s daily agenda was packed with meetings, presentations and having the voice of APG members heard. While in D.C., he shared the mission of APG growers with: U.S. International Trade Commission to…

Sacramento Lawmakers Ag Tour

As part of our on-going commitment to be a strong presence in our state capitol, our Director of Government Relations, along with fellow members of the Agricultural Presidents’ Council, have taken several California legislators and staff members on some agricultural tours. These on-site visits give our elected officials a chance to get a little dirt on their boots…

2018 Water Bond Update

The Water Bond has officially been certified for the November 2018 ballot. With the Temperance Flat project receiving no state Proposition1 funding, passing the Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018 citizen’s initiative water bond has become even more vital for the welfare of the Central Valley and agricultural community. Recognizing the importance and…

Temperance Flat Project

Earlier this month, the Temperance Flat Reservoir Project proponents made one last appeal directly to the California Water Commission for funding from the Proposition 1 (2014) Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP). Unfortunately, while they were able to increase their public benefit score previously awarded by Commission staff, the commissioners still found that the project provides…

APG California PAC Update

On March 20, 2018, APG State PAC participated in a fundraiser dinner for Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove). Assembly Member Cooper represents the 9th Assembly District of California, which includes the areas of South Sacramento, Galt, and Lodi. Mr. Cooper has been a good ally to the agriculture community since being elected in 2014. At…