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June Proposition Assignments Announced

Feb. 9, 2018 – -Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the number assignments for propositions that will appear on the June Ballot.  Below is a list of assigned proposition numbers for items that passed the Legislature as of January 31, 2018: Proposition 68—SB 5 (DeLeon- California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access […]

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Bill Introduction Deadline Friday Feb. 16

Feb. 9, 2018 – -Friday, February 16th, is the bill introduction deadline for the California legislature.  As it edges closer, the number and frequency of bills being introduced increases.  Next week we should see several hundred more bills rolling in each day.  A few bills addressing agricultural issues were introduced this past week. There were […]

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Bullet Train Facing Audit

Feb. 2, 2018 – -An announcement earlier this month by the California Rail Authority that the costs of the first 119 miles of track in the Central Valley are estimated to increase to 77% over original projections has finally triggered ranking Democrats in the legislature to authorize the California State Auditor to review the project. […]

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Exemption from Produce Safety Rule Explained at Feb. 6 Webinar

Feb. 2, 2018 – -Primary or Secondary Farms may claim an exemption from the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. Regulation states that an exemption can apply if the produce will receive a commercial process that adequately reduces the presence of microorganisms(Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria) of public health significance §112.2(B)(1). However, Grower/ Farms will need to provide a Written […]

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FSMA Update: CDFA Launches Produce Safety Program

Feb. 2, 2018 – -Federal and state government agencies are working together to implement this new regulation (FSMA Produce Safety Rule) throughout the U.S. The FDA, in collaboration with State Departments of Agriculture, will provide oversight and verify compliance. California Department of Food Agriculture (CDFA) is launching the California Produce Safety Program, which will include […]

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2018 Convention Registration is Open!

Jan. 26, 2018 – -It’s that time of year! Almond Alliance staff and the Meetings & Seminars Committee have been hard at work putting together a premier program for this year’s Annual Convention! We hope to see you all May 1st – 3rd at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Spa on the Del Monte Golf […]

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Plans for New Dams, Reservoirs in California Hit Big Hurdle

Jan. 26, 2018 – -State water officials last week announced none of nearly a dozen landmark water storage projects that could help California cope with its next drought provide the public benefits that their supporters claim, potentially putting their state funding at risk, according to a published report in the San Jose Mercury News. Three […]

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Assembly Pushes Tax Increase by Ballot Box Initiative

Jan. 26, 2018 – -This week the Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), introduced ACA 22: Middle Class Fiscal Relief Act.  This measure would take to the ballot that, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, the state would impose a surcharge […]

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