California Acts to Prohibit Chlorpyrifos Pesticide

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Move to ban follows scientific findings that chlorpyrifos poses serious public health and environmental risks to vulnerable communities. Governor’s May Revision proposes $5.7 million in new funding to support the transition to safer, more sustainable alternatives. CDFA and DPR will convene a new working group to identify, evaluate and recommend alternative pest management solutions.

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Environmentalists Want 1% Charge on Restaurant Bills. Restaurants have Reservations.

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A new statewide environmental program may soon mean an extra charge for customers at some Sacramento restaurants.

That’s if the restaurants buy in. Launched earlier this month, Restore California Renewable Restaurants asks participating eateries to add a 1 percent increase at the end of customers’ bills. Sacramento restaurant owners like the sound of the program but nobody has committed to the 1 percent charge. The money would go to farms participating in the Healthy Soils Program, which supports sustainable farming practices in California.

ad more here: https://www.sacbee.com/food-drink/restaurants/article229820899.html#storylink=cpy

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USDA Announces January Income over Feed Cost Margin Triggers First 2019 Dairy Safety Net Payment

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WASHINGTON, March 6, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight, triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

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VCAA Seminar on ALRA

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VCAA’s President and General Counsel, Rob Roy, a practitioner before the Agricultural Labor Relations Board for over 42 years, will be conducting a special seminar on the Agricultural Labor Relations Act (ALRA). The seminar will be conducted in English only is geared towards company owners, management and HR Representatives. The seminar will be conducted at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel on November 29, 2018, from 9:00am until Noon. The cost of seminar will be $35 per person to help to defray the cost of the room, re-production of materials, and refreshments.

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H-2A Use Has Tripled in Ten Years

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The number of H-2A certified job position has tripled in the last ten years, according to a series of reports issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). In just-released statistics for fiscal year 2018 [https://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/pdf/PerformanceData/2018/H-2A_Selected_Statistics_FY2018_Q4.pdf], the DOL reported that it had certified 86,014 H-2A job positions ten years ago, but the figure now is 242,762, an increase of more than 21 percent over fiscal year 2017.

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