“As Governor Newsom reviews competing plans to get PG&E out of bankruptcy, we call on him to ensure that California ratepayers are protected,” said Western Agricultural Processors Association President and CEO, Roger Isom.
“We commend the parties involved for working with wildfire victims to ensure they receive fair compensation for PG&E’s prior wrongdoings,” said California Manufacturers & Technology Association President Lance Hastings. “To that end, we must hold PG&E accountable and also ensure that PG&E pays its obligations without further burdening ratepayers who already pay more than 50 percent more than the national average and are receiving unreliable service.”
In that regard, PG&E’s plan still causes significant concern. It would leave the company in a worse financial situation, $10 billion dollars deeper in debt than before the bankruptcy. It would be irresponsible for PG&E to emerge from bankruptcy over-leveraged and making hundreds of millions of dollars in annual payments to PG&E’s owners who prioritized profits over safety and got us into this mess.
“Governor Newsom should take this opportunity to hold PG&E accountable and make good on their commitments to pay victims,” said Michael Boccadoro, Executive Director of the Agricultural Energy Consumers Association. “The Governor and bankruptcy court should consider alternative approaches to ensure that PG&E emerges from bankruptcy as a well-capitalized and stable utility that is not turning to ratepayers for another bail out.”
The Agricultural Energy Consumers Association (AECA) is a longtime leading statewide utility ratepayer advocacy organization representing food, farming and food processing industries. https://agenergyca.org/
The Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA) is a statewide organization representing agricultural food and fiber processing industries. https://agprocessors.org/
The California Manufacturers & Technology Association, celebrating its Centennial Anniversary this year, has advocated for pro-growth laws and regulations before the California legislature and administrative agencies since 1918. Total output from manufacturing in California is $288 billion per year, 10 percent of the total economic output of the state. Manufacturers employ 1.3 million California workers paying wages more than $25,000 higher than other non-farm employers in the state. www.cmta.net twitter: @cmta
The California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association wants to welcome Priscilla Rodriguez as the new Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Association. Ms. Rodriguez has been working for our sister organization, the Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA), as the Director of Food Safety since 2015. She will continue that role, but will also handle Regulatory Affairs for WAPA as well. Ms. Rodriguez is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Mathematics, and is currently working on a Master’s Degree from National University in Education Technology. She is also a current member of Class 50 of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. Ms. Rodriguez is bilingual and came to WAPA from the Friant Water Authority where she worked for eight years. Ms. Rodriguez has been responsible for providing safety and food safety services to members of WAPA, as well as contract services to our consulting clients including, cotton gins, cotton warehouses, food processing plants, packing houses and farms.
Last month, nomination papers were mailed to all members for the open board seats. That’s because it’s time for nominations to be submitted for the upcoming election of directors to open positions on the Board of Directors of the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association. There are four (4) Ginner Director terms expiring this year, including Mike Davis, Wayne Gilbert, Kirk Gilkey and a Vacancy. There are four (4) Grower Director terms expiring this year, including Gary Martin, Andrew Clark, and Vincent Marshall of Fresno County, and Steve Wilbur of Tulare County. The positions are for these specific counties. Nomination forms must be completed and returned to the Association office by Tuesday, November 26, 2019. Please take time to nominate one or more candidates in good standing with the Association (and yourself if you intend to be a candidate) and make sure that each person you name agrees to being nominated and files the Candidate Statement form required to be placed on the ballot for the upcoming election. The form must be completed for each nomination, so please copy the form if you nominate more than one person and provide the form to each person you nominate.
The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations. Eligible system components include (among others) soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives and installation of renewable energy to reduce on-farm water use and energy. CDFA is now accepting applications for the SWEEP program. Applications are due December 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.
To apply, visit the CDFA website at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/sweep/. SWEEP staff will host three informational workshops:
Willows, CA – Monday, October 28, 2019
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Glenn County Office of Education
311 South Villa Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
Register for webinar participation at
Modesto, CA – Tuesday, October 29, 2019
10 a.m. to noon
Stanislaus County Agricultural Center
Harvest Hall, Room DE
3800 Cornucopia Way
Modesto, CA 95358
Register for webinar participation at
Bakersfield, CA – Wednesday, October 30, 2019
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
University of California Cooperative Extension
1031 S. Mount Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93307
Register for webinar participation at
The California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association (CCGGA) in partnership with Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA) had the opportunity to tour California cotton and tree nut facilities in the Central Valley with staff from several congressional and legislative offices. The group included representatives from offices of Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congressman Jim Costa, Congressman TJ Cox, State Senator Anna Caballero, State Senator Melissa Hurtado and Assemblymember Frank Bigelow. The Association was represented by President/CEO Roger Isom, Director of Technical Services Chris McGlothlin, and Director of Regulatory Affairs Jodi Devaurs. The group was able to learn more about the processes of a cotton gin as well as learn about the various regulatory pressure gins and growers must comply with to operate in California including air quality controls and incentive programs, labor, crop protection tools and impacts of the trade issues on the California cotton market. The tour included stops to CCGGA member Mid-Valley Cotton Growers Gin as well as WAPA members Summerfield Farms, a walnut huller, and Central California Almond Growers Association, an almond huller/sheller. CCGGA has made an effort to not only build relationships with elected officials, but to provide tours to staff as well to help in better tell the story of the California cotton industry.
The Ag One Foundation invites you to attend 4th Annual Ag One – West Side Alumni and Friends Luncheon- November 1st hosted by Fresno Equipment Company in Five Points. Proceeds from this event will help support Ag One and students and programs in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State.
This luncheon will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the company of Fresno State alumni and friends. Plus, meet our newly appointed dean, Dr. Dennis Nef as well as faculty and staff of the Jordan College. We will also be recognizing Veterans in honor of Veterans Day.
Event sponsorship opportunities are available. See the attached sponsorship and RSVP form for more details. It is with interest and support of alumni and friends like you that Ag One, the Jordan College and Fresno State are able to expand the learning opportunities for the next generation.
RSVP and Sponsorship
The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Pink Bollworm Program has released its report for monitoring Silverleaf Whitefly. The program monitored for whitefly and other cotton pests from September 9, 2019 to September 20, 2019. For the full report, please follow the button link below:
Silverleaf Whitefly Monitoring Report
California law requires employers with 5 or more employees to provide not only two hours of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to supervisors, but also a 1-hour training to all nonsupervisory employees. The Western Agricultural Processors Association and California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association, in partnership with AgSafe, are continuing to provide Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Webinars for its members.
To register for Webinars, please visit: https://www.agsafe.org/wapa-ccgga-sexual-harassment-prevention-training-2/
As new paraquat labels begin to hit the market, the Association wanted to provide information in regards to the mandated label changes affecting all users of the product including additional training and certification. The Environmental Protection Agency is requiring that by November 14, 2019 manufacturers of paraquat must change labeling of the product to include the new warning boxes in both English and Spanish as well as a revised restricted use statement and the requirement of users needing to have paraquat-specific training in addition to state-required certification to apply restricted use materials. Containers will also be required to include several supplemental warnings including stickers and “counter cards” reiterating the toxicity information in English and Spanish.
The training requirements that will be shared are required for any individual using paraquat product with the new label information. Product with the old label does not need to be relabeled and is not subject to these additional training requirements, however it is encouraged to begin the process as soon as possible. The definition of “use” includes pre-application activities such as mixing and loading as well as applying, transporting or storing opened containers, cleaning equipment, and disposing excess product, spray mix, equipment wash waters, empty pesticide containers and other paraquat-containing material. Two certifications will be required to use paraquat products – (1) a certified pesticide applicator’s license/permit from your state and (2) paraquat-specific training certificate in your name obtained online (link below). Non-certified applicators will no longer be allowed to use products even if under the supervision of certified applicators. Below are the different options of becoming a certified applicator based on your operation and situation
- If you are using or supervising the use of a pesticide for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity on property, owned, leased or rented by yourself or your employer then you will be required to obtain a Private Applicator Certification. These are offered in English and Spanish through your County Agricultural Commissioner’s office.
- All individuals, whether falling into the PAC or QAL/QAC requirement, must undergo paraquat-specific training. This training is available at usparaquattraining.com. As of right now, the training is only available in English however, Spanish materials are currently in development
There will be additional changes for packaging requiring product to be sold in closed-system packaging however that will not go into effect until fall of 2020.
All of this information and more is available in the handout linked below, if you have additional questions please contact Jodi Devaurs at email@example.com or at (559) 455-9272.
AgSafe is doing a never-done-before sale. Receive an EXTRA 15% off of already discounted early bird conference prices with CODE: Home2020! 3 days ONLY! ACTIVATE20 Conference will be held March 10-12 in Modesto, CA. Follow the links below for more information and to register.