WAPA Hotel Deadline, Less than One Month AWAY!

We are less than ONE MONTH away from the 2018 WAPA Annual Meeting Hotel Deadline of May 9th. Rooms have already begun filling up and we have even already had to add additional rooms for one of the nights!

The 2018 WAPA Annual Meeting provides the unique opportunity to interact with hullders and processors from all four California tree nuts. This year’s meeting will be held June 13th through the 15th at the newly renovated Monterey Conference Center and the Monterey Marriott Hotel in downtown Monterey.  We will also be conducting our Annual WAPA Golf Tournament at the amazing Quail Lodge and Golf Club!  And the 2018 WAPA Annual Meeting promises to be as informative as ever, including updates on regulatory and legislative issues, including updates on FMSA, energy issues and other critical issues impacting the tree nut industry in California.  Celebrity comedian Adam Ferrara will be our headline entertainment!

Get the latest information on agenda, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors at our new WAPA Annual Meeting website www.wapa-events.com. You can register, reserve sponsor/exhibitor spots and secure your hotel room on this site. In addition, this site is kept up to date to highlight our Associate Members who sponsoring this year’s meeting as well as attendees to know who will be participating in this year’s trade show!  You can also register by downloading the below sponsorship/exhibitor form and returning to our office. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our offices at (559) 455-9272 or email Roger Isom at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We look forward to seeing you in Monterey!

 

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Heat Illness Prevention Training Session


Sponsored by 
Department of Industrial Relations,
Cal/OSHA Consultation & Agricultural Organizations
        
Date:             Friday, April 13, 2018
  Time:         Spanish  10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
                      English 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
   Place:        C.P.D.E.S. Portuguese Hall
                        172 W. Jefferson Avenue
                            Easton, CA 93706
 
NO COST TO ATTEND
Program intended for:
Contractors, Field Supervisors,
Crew Leaders, Managers, Construction

RSVP NOT REQUIRED
       Certificates will be given upon completion of the two-hour session
 

Register TODAY for 2018 WAPA Safety & Labor Summits

In partnership with The Zenith and The Saqui Law Group, WAPA will be hosting TWO Safety & Labor Summits this spring! These summits are designed for managers, supervisors as well as plant personnel. The first summit will be held on Wednesday, April 25 at The Almond Company (2900 Airport Drive, Madera) and the second summit will be held on Tuesday, May 8 at Ord Bend Community Hall (3241 CA-45, Glenn). For both events, registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with sessions going from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and will conclude with a lunch.

The Manager Session topics will include Cal/OSHA regulatory changes & updates as well as a Hot Topics in Labor session. Labor law topics to be discussed will include hot button items in legislative and case law, immigration update and what to do if ICE shows up. The Supervisor Session topics will cover Supervisory Heat Illness Prevention Training as well as How to Conduct Periodic Inspection including why it is important and how to document corrective actions.

Registration cost is $50 per person and includes lunch. Attendees may register by completing the below form and submitting a check or you may pay via paypal on our website at https://agprocessors.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=390 . Registration forms and checks can be mailed to 1785 N. Fine Ave. Fresno, CA 93727. If you choose to pay online, registration forms can be faxed to (559) 251-4471. For more details and information contact our office at (559) 455-9272.

Pilot NOW Program is Underway

The first batch of sterile navel orangeworm (NOW) moths were delivered to Shafter this week as the pilot NOW release program is underway!  This release is part of a small scale pilot project now up and running to test the release of sterile NOW moths over a small isolated area of pistachios and almonds.  It is hoped this pilot project will provide a critical opportunity for assessing uniformity of sterile moth releases, overflooding ratios of sterile to wild moths, and coverage and effectiveness of mating disruption.   During this pilot phase, the effort is working towards releasing approximately 750,000 to one million sterile NOW moths each day over approximately 1,500 acres of pistachios and almonds throughout the year.  The sterile NOW are being reared at the USDA APHIS rearing facility in Phoenix, Arizona, which has previously been used for rearing pink bollworm moths, a pest in the cotton industry that is nearing eradication.  The tree nut industry is conducting this research to see if this facility can rear large quantities of NOW for use in a potential sterile release program in California as a potential tool in the fight in reducing NOW populations. 

Safety and Labor Summits 2018

The Western Agricultural Processors Association in partnership with The Zenith and The Saqui Law Group presents the annual Safety and Labor Summits 2018!  The summits are designed for both managers and supervisors and plant personnel.  The Manager Session will cover an informative discussion on the latest changes in Cal/OSHA rule and regulations affecting your organization and identifying the key focus areas Cal/OSHA will emphasize in 2018 – presented by William “Bill” Krycia, The Zenith.  In addition, the hottest of all hot topics in legislative and case-law, Immigration update as well as Sanctuary city lawsuit and a quick run down on what to do if ICE shows up presented by The Saqui Law Group.  In the Supervisor Sessions our very own WAPA team will give supervisors the tools and materials on methods to prevent heat illness and what to cover during heat illness prevention training, as well as the requirements by Cal/OSHa on why it is important to conduct periodic inspections and how to document corrective actions.  The day will conclude with lunch, certificate of training and a door prize giveaway.  For registration, please visit our website www.agprocessors.org or contact our offices (559) 455-9272.  

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Governor Signs Ag Overtime Bill

Ignoring the pleas of real farmworkers and the agricultural industry, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed AB 1066, the ag overtime legislation. This means that California will have the most stringent trigger of any state in the country for overtime for farmworkers, with 45 states having no overtime protection at all. The Governor signed this bill, supposedly to bring “equality to all workers”, yet taxi cab drivers, commercial fishermen, car salesmen, student nurses, computer programmers, and carnival workers all work without any overtime provisions whatsoever. The Governor signed this ag overtime bill in the same year that minimum wage legislation was also passed that will take California to the highest minimum wage as well as legislation forcing California to adopt additional greenhouse gas regulations for businesses in California. California is the only state in the country subject to such regulations. Today’s signing occurred despite numerous requests by the agricultural industry to meet with the Governor to discuss our concerns. The message is clear. California simply doesn’t care. These provisions will be phased in over the next few years ending with the overtime provisions to be triggered at 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week.

In the Beginning As folks transitioned out of cotton and into tree nuts, the industry recognized the need to have active and effective representation at the local, state and national levels. Having enjoyed such effective representation over the years from the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations, these folks yearned for the same representation in the tree nut processing industry. Issues such as air quality, food safety, labor, taxes, employee safety, and environmental concerns are at the forefront, and there is a significant need for an aggressive and dynamic Association to lead the industry into the next decade and beyond. In recognition of this, the Western Agricultural Processors Association was created in 2009. The Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA) shares staff and office space with the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations taking advantage of a unique and opportunistic situation. WAPA is a voluntary dues organization with four shared staff and one dedicated staff person. Regulatory, legislative and legal issues fall under the purview of this new organization for the tree nut processing industry, which includes almonds, pecans, pistachios and walnuts. From air quality permits to conditional use permits, from regulatory hearings on greenhouse gases to federal legislation on food safety, and from OSHA violations to assisting members on hazardous materials business plans, no issue is too small or too large for WAPA. WAPA has assembled one of the best and most capable staffs in the industry, and the results are already starting to show Membership The Western Agricultural Processors Association represents facilities involved in the processing of almonds, pecans, pistachios and walnuts.Membership in the Association is classified as Regular memberships are limited to almond hullers or processors, pecan and pistachio processors, and walnut dehydrators and processors. Associate memberships are limited to any individual or business entity which is not engaged in agricultural processing, but which provides products or services directly related to the agricultural processing industry. WAPA Associate members include, but are not limited to, commodity brokers, accounting firms, and insurance brokers. Organization The Western Agricultural Processors Association is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by its membership.The Board consists of up to 15 members from throughout the state, and throughout the industry.The Board meets on a quarterly basis and conducts an Annual Meeting in the spring of each year.WAPA, in conjunction with the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations, conducts a special training school for its members focused on safety.In combination with the school, the Association holds a Labor Management Seminar for all of the managers. Consulting Services In researching and considering the concept of forming a new organization, the Boards of Directors for the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations instructed staff to perform some of the work on a consulting basis first. The point was to determine the workload from consulting and to determine if there was sufficient interest. In November of 2007, the Association began conducting services under consulting contracts for such services as air quality permits and safety plans.The effort has been so successful that demand has progressed outside the tree nut industry into other agricultural processing facilities, including vegetable dehydration facilities, tomato processing facilities, and wheat mills, as well as cotton gins in Arizona.It was determined by the new Board of Directors of WAPA, that WAPA would maintain the consulting services to provide offsetting income to help with the expenses of getting the new organization up and running.Today, WAPA provides for a long list of satisfied clients in the agricultural processing industry, by providing critical services such as air quality, safety, food safety, and environmental issues (Hazardous Materials Business Plan, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans, etc.).