NEWS & ISSUES

Upcoming Sexual Harassment Prevention – 1 hour Nonsupervisory Webinar -Friday March 22nd!

Effective January 1, 2019 California law requires employers with 5 or more employees to provide not only two hours of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training with Supervisors, but also a 1-hour training to all non-supervisory employees.  The Western Agricultural Processors Association and California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association in partnership with AgSafe, will be offering 1-hour Nonsupervisory Webinars.  Click on the links below to register or visit our website Events and Training Classes page https://agprocessors.org/events.

Event Flyer

FREE Upcoming Weed Science Extension Meetings April 2nd and April 11th!

The University of California Agriculture and Nature Resources Cooperative Extension is offering FREE Weed science extension meetings. The first meeting is scheduled for April 2nd located at the Westside Research and Extension Center in Five Points, CA. The second the meeting is on April 11th at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier, CA. Space is limited so call the UCCE Merced County office at 209-385-7403 to register. Contact Lynn Sosnoskie at lmsosnoskie@ucanr.edu if you have any questions about the program. Please see the attached flyers below for more information.

April 2nd Flyer

April 11th Flyer

Association Participates in USDA ARS Research Planning Session

Association President/CEO Roger Isom and Director of Technical Services Christopher McGlothlin traveled to Ft. Collins, Colorado this week to participate in an important five (5) year Project Plan Workshop at the Plains Area Office in Ft. Collins.  Joining them was Association Chairman Tom Gaffney of the J.G. Boswell Company.  Many topics were discussed as the purpose of the meeting was to determine research priorities for the next five years for the cotton ginning laboratories in Las Cruces, New Mexico; Lubbock, Texas; and Stoneville, Mississippi.  Critical priorities identified for California included contamination, sticky cotton, roller ginning and drying alternatives.  Attending the meeting were researchers and scientists, regional administrative leaders, and industry stakeholders.

 

1-hour Sexual Harassment Prevention Nonsupervisory Webinars. Next event is MARCH 8th!

Effective January 1, 2019 California law requires employers with 5 or more employees to provide not only two hours of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training with Supervisors, but also a 1-hour training to all non-supervisory employees.  The Western Agricultural Processors Association and California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association in partnership with AgSafe, will be offering 1-hour Nonsupervisory Webinars.  Visit our website Events and Training Classes page www.agprocessors.org for links to register online. To register click here:
February 8th
http://www.agsafe.org/event/1-hour-sexual-harassment-prevention-webinar-non-supervisory-employee-training-6/
March 8th

http://www.agsafe.org/event/1-hour-sexual-harassment-prevention-webinar-non-supervisory-employee-training-7/
March 22nd
http://www.agsafe.org/event/1-hour-sexual-harassment-prevention-webinar-non-supervisory-employee-training-8/

Cannon Michael Named Far West High Cotton Award Winner

The California Cotton Ginners and Growers would like to congratulate Cannon Michael who was distinguished as the Far West honoree for the 25th class of High Cotton Award winners! Michael is the president of Bowles Farming Company and the sixth generation of the Bowles and Lawrence families to work the family business. Michael is a leader when it comes to water policy, environmental stewardship, sustainability, as well as being an outspoken advocate for the California cotton industry. Michael previously chaired the California Cotton Ginners & Growers Association and the Cotton Foundation, as well as previously served on the National Cotton Council and the San Joaquin Valley Cotton Board. He currently serves on the California Cotton Alliance, Cotton Incorporated and the Board of the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association. Not only a leader in the cotton industry, Michael currently chairs the San Luis and Delta Mendota Water Authority board, comprising of 29 member agencies and two million acres of land with varied users including farms, environmental and urban uses. Michael utilizes various technology and research in his cotton production including pioneering with Dr. Bill Weir, 30-inch row spacing to provide increased yield, integrated pest management practices, sub-surface drip irrigation, rotational cropping and drone technology to scout fields for nutritional deficiencies and pest outbreaks. California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association would like to thank Cannon for his dedicated leadership in the cotton industry and congratulates him on this distinguished honor!

CalOSHA to Consider Nighttime Lighting Standard

After several years of debate, the CalOSHA Standards Board will consider lighting requirements for agricultural operations at night.  The proposed new standard entitled “Outdoor Agricultural Operations During Hours of Darkness”, will require specific lighting levels for certain agricultural operations at night.  It will also mandate employees wear Class 2 high visibility garments while working at night, as well as the need to conduct a safety meeting prior to every night shift to remind workers where the restrooms are, where the break areas is, and the location of water bodies and high traffic areas.  The new lighting requirements are as follows:

Required Illumination Levels
foot-candles Lux Areas or Tasks
3 32.29 Meeting area and meal/rest area.
5 53.82 General safety during outdoor agricultural operations.

Pathways leading to and around restrooms and drinking water.

Inside restroom facilities.

Storage areas accessed by employees.

Areas within 25 feet of agricultural equipment where workers are present.

10 107.64 Intermittently exposed or exposed point of operation equipment, covered under Group 8. Points of Operation and Other Hazardous Parts of Machinery.

Operationally visible moving parts of machinery covered under Group 6. Power Transmission, Prime Movers, and Machine Parts of the General Industry Safety Orders.

Active agricultural operations i.e., harvesting and irrigation work.

20 215.30 Maintenance work on equipment.

These requirements are modified from their original proposal which specifically mandated a lighting level of 10 foot-candles within a 25 foot radius of all agricultural equipment operating at night.  This would have been impossible and the Association opposed such a requirement at every Advisory Committee meeting.  The Association is currently reviewing this new proposal which will considered by the CalOSHA Standards Board on April 18th in Sacramento.

California Farm Service Agency Stands Ready to Assist Agricultural Producers Slammed by Recent Heavy Rains

The California Farm Service Agency (FSA) wants to remind farmers and ranchers across the state of federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible producers recover from recent heavy rains and flooding. FSA also offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agricultural producers in their recovery efforts following floods or similar qualifying natural disasters.

For more information on the disaster assistance programs please visit:

https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/California/news-releases/2019/stnr_ca_20190215_rel001

https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/index

Also attached is a short infographic in regards to disaster assistance recovery.

Any questions can be directed to Brooke Raffaele at the Farm Service Agency at 530-219-7747.

2019 CCGGA Annual Meeting, May 15th-17th

Get your registration in for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association! This year’s meeting will be held at the scenic Cliffs Hotel and Spa from May 15th-17th in Pismo, CA. As always, guest will be able to enjoy a Wednesday evening welcome reception followed by the CCGGA Golf Tournament Thursday morning at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. During Thursday evening’s dinner, comedian Greg Warren will be entertaining attendees. Friday morning will kick-off the Business Meeting including informaiton and updates related to regulatory and legislative activities, growers and ginners specific break out sessions as well as a look at the Association’s efforts for the year. The deadline to register is Wednesday, April 24th. The forms can be filled out and returned to our offies with a check (1785 N. Fine Ave. Fresno, CA 93710) or you may register and pay online at www.ccgga-events.com . Hotel reservation deadline is Monday, April 22nd. Accomodations can be made by calling The Cliffs Hotel and Spa at (805) 773-5000. In order to receive the group rate of $199/night, identify that you are with California Cotton Ginners & Growers Associaiton group.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices at (559) 252-0684.

Regular Member Registration

Associate Member Registration

Electronic Submittal of Form 300A Summary

Reminder – Electronic submittal of all injuries and illnesses data for calendar year 2018 must be submitted on the OSHA ITA website by March 2, 2019.  Covered establishments, which includes Agriculture, are required to electronically submit information from the Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).  For instructions on electronic submittal, please go to the federal OSHA’s ITA Website www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/index.html .

48th Annual Turf Day Golf Classic

Join us for the 48th Annual Turf Day Golf Classic Monday, May 13th at the Belmont Country Club, proudly sponsored by My Job Depends on Ag! Proceeds from the tournament will benefit deserving students and programs in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State.  Ag One’s efforts will provide approximately $700,000 to students and programs for the current academic year.

Date:     Monday, May 13, 2019

Place:    Belmont Country Club, Fresno

Time:     Registration 10 a.m.; Shotgun start 11 a.m.; lunch at the turn, 19th Hole Social and dinner following play

Cost:      $160/player, $640/team

Entry Deadline: May 3, 2019 ($175/player after deadline)

Come out, have fun and help support students at Fresno State!