The California avocado industry is comprised of dedicated farmers, who take pride in growing and harvesting premium California Avocados. It is a dynamic industry, shaped by a multitude of ever-changing factors, including water, legislation, pests and diseases, crop-and-market statistics, regulations and more. The California Avocado Commission is dedicated to advocating on behalf of California avocado growers to help ensure that the best interests of growers are represented in the diverse array of industry issues.

Industry Advocacy News

Upcoming Produce Safety Rule Online Grower Training Sessions

  • Aug 21, 2020

The College of the Sequoias (COS) Training Resource Center is offering a series of online Produce Safety Rule training sessions to members of the specialty crop industry for a $10 fee. Learn more.

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Webinar to Discuss Produce Safety Rule Water Regulations

  • Aug 07, 2020

The Ventura County Food Safety Association (VCFSA) is hosting an online meeting entitled, “Produce Safety Rule — Regulatory Update Regarding Water.” The virtual meeting will take place on August 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and is free to VCFSA members. Non-members will be charged a $40 fee. The guest speaker is Dr. Trevor Suslow, vice president of food safety for the Produce...

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New Agricultural Water Treatment Protocols Released

  • Jul 31, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been working on a new protocol for developing and registering treatments for water used on crops prior to harvest. On July 30, the FDA announced a new protocol to reduce foodborne bacteria in agriculture water for pre-harvest.

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New Online Options to Complete Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course

  • Jul 15, 2020

The new Produce Safety Alliance website provides growers with a comprehensive list of grower training courses that meet the new Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule requirements. The list can help growers identify courses that suit their needs and availability.

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Central Coast Water Board Hosts Draft Ag Order 4.0 Virtual Stakeholder Workshop

  • May 26, 2020

The Central Coast Water Board is hosting a free virtual workshop for industry members interested in learning more about the Draft Agricultural Order 4.0 intended to replace the current Agricultural Order 3.0 on January 31, 2021.

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Two Remote Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Courses Available

  • May 06, 2020

The implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule (PSR) mandates every produce farm must have an employed individual who has completed a U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved PSR Grower Training course. Due to current shelter-in-place orders the FDA has temporarily approved PSR remote training options. Learn more.

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