New CalOSHA Chief Announced

After several months, Governor Gavin Newsom has finally named a new Cal/OSHA Chief in Douglas Parker.  Parker, has been the executive director of the Oakland worker advocacy group Worksafe since 2016.  He is an attorney and has a long resume in occupational safety and health.  He is a former assistant to the late Minnesota senator Paul Wellstone, then worked in press operations for the Democratic National Committee before and during the Clinton administration.  He was a staff attorney for the United Mine Workers of America in the late 1990s, and during most of the 2000s was a partner at the Mooney, Green, Baker & Saindon law firm.   He was formerly a senior policy advisor and special assistant at the Mine Safety and Health Administration and served as assistant secretary of labor for MSHA from 2014 to 2015.  He replaces Juliann Sum, who retired earlier this year.

New Fresno State Interim Dean Meets with Agriculture

The Association today hosted Dr. Dennis Nef, the new Interim Dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (JCAST) at Fresno State.  He met with a group of agricultural interests including representatives from the Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA), California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association (CCGGA), California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA), Nisei Farmers League (NFL), American Pistachio Growers (APG), California Dairies Inc., California Apple Commission, California Blueberry Commission, and the Fresno County, Tulare County, Madera County and Kings County Farm Bureaus.  Dean Nef outlined his goals for his tenure as interim Dean including improving student success, increasing efficiency of agricultural department operations, and broadening the relationships with the community, including working with agricultural organizations.  The meeting sparked a lot of conversation, but in the end all in attendance agreed that this was a great start to improving the relationship with the University!

USDA Announces Connie Conway as New California FSA Director

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced Connie Conway as the new State Executive Director (SED) in California for the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), serving as an appointee of President Donald J. Trump.  FSA State Directors help implement USDA policies in planning, organizing, and administering FSA programs in their respective states.  Prior to her appointment, Conway ran her own consulting business, focusing on strategic planning, business development, and government relations services. She also served as an assemblywoman for the California State Legislature where she served as Minority Leader and on the Agriculture, Transportation, Labor and Health Committees. She also served as a member of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors.

Association Participates in Assemblywoman Burke’s Back to School Event –

This past weekend, Association President/CEO Roger Isom and Director of Regulatory Affairs Jodi Devaurs attended Assemblywoman Autumn Burke’s 5th Annual Back to School Health and Wellness Fair at Crozier Middle School in Inglewood, California.  The Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA) partnered with California Citrus Mutual and American Pistachio Growers to handout oranges, pistachios and almonds as healthy snacks at the event.  The event drew over 600 students who each received a backpack full of supplies while also getting free health screening from vision and blood pressure to diabetes and hearing.  At last year’s event, 300 of the more than 500 students that attended needed corrective vision.  This sobering statistic demonstrates how important this event is, and we are happy to have been asked to be a part of it.  A huge shout out goes out to Mike Staack of Grizzly Nut, and to Madi K Almonds for supplying the almonds we distributed! 

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Webinars- Spanish

The Western Agricultural Processors Association and California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association, in partnership with AgSafe, are providing Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Webinars. For more information see the attached flyer below or visit