California Mandating Individual Coverage - SB 78

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Despite the fact that 93% of Californians have health insurance, as part of its 2019 budget, the California legislature passed and Governor Newsom signed into law - The Minimum Essential Coverage Individual Mandate”. This mandate is modelled after the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The new mandate, effective January 1, 2020, requires California residents (who are not already covered by individual or group health coverage) to enroll in qualified insurance coverage for each month of the year, with exemptions for individuals on the basis of financial hardship or religious beliefs as determined by the state’s healthcare exchange, Covered California.

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Produce Safety Rule Update

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The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is announcing that starting next week, 8,000 "small" and "very small" produce farms throughout California are being mailed educational letters about their roles in upholding the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), passed in 2011 to help prevent foodborne illness outbreaks.

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The AEF Emerging Leaders Academy Tour Ventura and Santa Maria County Operations

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Santa Maria, Calif., July 19, 2019 - Over the course of these two days, they visited Saticoy Lemon, Curation Foods, and Babe Farms and saw firsthand harvesting, processing, and packing/cooling operations. They saw how hundreds of thousands of pounds of produce is picked, packaged, and shipped to grocery stores/distribution facilities across California and neighboring regions.

The Acedemy's Mission is promote professional growth of the next generation of agribusiness leaders and to ensure a thriving agricultural industry for generations to come. The UnitedAg Agribusiness Emerging Leaders Academy is a personal development and leadership .

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