WAPA Annual Meeting Hotel Deadline This Week!

The hotel reservation deadline for the upcoming WAPA Annual Meeting, being held June 19th-June 21st, is this Wednesday, May 15th with the registration deadline less than two weeks away! Attendees can view the information-packed agenda on the WAPA Annual Meeting events website at https://www.wapa-events.com/agenda. Additionally, attendees can view the latest sponsors and exhibitors who will be participating in this year’s meeting on the event website. Focusing on the most important issues for the tree nut industry, attendees will receive updates on the California water situation, food safety, tax law, labor law as well as regulatory and legislative updates. Attendees can also look forward to times of networking and fellowship during the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening, the Annual WAPA Golf Tournament on Thursday, followed by the Annual Meeting Reception and Dinner Sponsored by CropScience, a Division of Bayer featuring comedian Craig Shoemaker. The latest and greatest industry technology will be on display throughout the Annual Meeting in our exhibitor hall, showcasing WAPA’s own Associate Membership! If you are going to be at this year’s meeting, let us know and share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram using #WAPAMtg19!

Exhibitors & Sponsors
Are you interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the WAPA Annual Meeting? This meeting is a unique opportunity to network with members of all four California tree nut industries, almonds, walnuts, pecans and pistachios. This includes attendees from ranging from growers to value-added product processors. Over the course of Thursday and Friday, we offer nearly 5 dedicated hours for attendees to visit Associate Member exhibit booths, along with valuable one-on-one time throughout the Welcome Reception and Golf Tournament. We strive to publicize our exhibitors to the highest level possible, not only will each exhibitor and sponsor be placed in the directory for the Annual Meeting Showbook, but those individuals and their logos will be featured on the WAPA Annual Meeting website. We also work each year to incentivize attendees to visit each individual booth to provide maximum exposure. We appreciate our WAPA Associate Members and recognize that the Annual Meeting is only as successful as it is because of ongoing support from those companies. If you have any questions or would like more information on how to get involved, please contact Jodi Devaurs at (559) 455-9272 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration & Hotel
Guests can register by filling out the forms below and submit them via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by fax to (559) 251-4471, or mail with a check made out to Western Agricultural Processors Association at 1785 N. Fine Ave., Fresno, CA 93727. For your convenience you may also register, sponsor, pay online, make hotel reservations and get meeting details at www.wapa-events.com. Registration deadline is Friday, May 24th.

Please make your hotel reservations with the Monterey Marriott by Wednesday, May 15th identifying yourself with “WAPA Annual Meeting” to ensure the Association's special room rate and space availability. The group rates of $251/night are available to extend through the weekend. Reservations: 1-800-228-9290 or visit website at: https://book.passkey.com/go/2019wapaannualmeeting.







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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.).