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…

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…

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…

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…