Enrollment will be limited to ensure one-on-one instruction. Applications will also be accepted from individuals in allied industries. Only a single allied member may be selected for the program in any given year. The program enrollment fee and letters of recommendation are to be submitted with the application. Further information is available by contacting WUD at (209) 527-6453.
California: Spring Dairy Seminar to be held in Eureka
Humboldt/Del Norte County UC Cooperative Extension along with Western United Dairymen, NRCS and FSA, will hold a Spring Dairy Seminar on Monday, March 31 at the Humboldt County Agriculture Center. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and includes brief information regarding disaster assistance and FSA loan program updates. Before concluding at noon, guests will also be provided with Water Board updates from Melissa Lema of WUD, and others. The program is offered free of charge to dairy producers in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.
For questions or comments, contact Melissa Lema, WUD field rep, at 707-779-2214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WUD: Maldonado calls for immigration reform
Former Lt. Governor and Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Sen. Abel Maldonado made an impassioned plea for immigration reform along with a warning about the disappearance of mid-size farming operation in his keynote remarks at WUD’s recent annual convention. Speaking not far from his family farming operation in Santa Maria, Maldonado, a Republican, chided congressional lawmakers for their inability to gain traction on immigration reform, stress-ing the need for temporary worker permits. “It’s embarrassing how they can’t come together on anything,” he said.
Maldonado pointed out that the Senate has passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill but the House leadership has refused to take action. “DC is completely broken,” he lamented. “Democrats and Republicans can come together to pass a bill in the Senate but the House is not holding up its end of the bargain. Shame on all of us!”
Maldonado explained how his father came to the U.S. from Mexico “to work, not to moan and complain. I have not seen anyone come over here just to get on social services. People come here for opportunity and to make a better life for their family.” Maldonado told the luncheon audience how he, as the eldest son of immigrant Mexican-American farm workers, helped his family run a small family farm, where they grew strawberries. After Maldonado graduated from Santa Maria High School, his family used their earnings from the farm to send him to Cal Poly, where he majored in Crop Science. He brought his college experience back to his family's farm and helped his family grow the half-acre strawberry farm into a 6,000-acre farm, employing 250 people, with produce shipped around the world. Maldonado stressed the importance of WUD members educating federal and state legislators. “When times are rough, it is important to kick it up a notch for your organization,” he said. “Bring legislators to the ranch. It is really important for you to educate these folks moving forward.”