As of July 30, 2019, an emergency regulation requiring protection for workers exposed to wildfire smoke is in effect. The Farm Employers Labor Service has created a webpage with compliance resources that can be useful to growers.
California avocado growers in the San Diego Water Board’s jurisdiction are required to enroll in the Commercial Agriculture Regulatory Program or face a fine of up to $1,000 per day. The San Diego Water Board is actively pursuing enforcement, thus growers are encouraged to be certain they are enrolled in the program.
As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule process, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has mailed educational letters and questionnaires to small and very small produce farms in the state to determine whether a farm’s annual sales qualify the farm for PSR exemption. Learn more.
United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue toured Rancho Guejito Avocado Farm in Escondido on July 15, accompanied by California Avocado Commission (CAC) Chairman John Lamb, CAC President Tom Bellamore and other representatives of the Commission. Learn more.
Nominations for the 2019 CAC General Election are now being accepted. One producer member seat and one producer alternate seat in each of the five districts are open. In addition, one handler member seat and one handler alternate member seat are open.