Maldonado to keynote WUD convention
Western United Dairymen’s (WUD) annual convention will be held March 5-7, at the Embassy Suites hotel, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Former Senate Ag Committee chair Abel Maldonado will offer the keynote speech, March 6. Maldonado, well known for his California agriculture advocacy, is the eldest son of immigrant Mexican-American farm workers. Find other details on the convention can be found on the WUD convention website located at www.wudconvention.com/
The challenges and opportunities of federal and California milk marketing orders will be the topic of a panel discussion on March 6, 9:30 a.m. The panel, moderated by WUD CEO Michael Marsh, CEO, will include Dana Coale, Deputy Administrator USDA /AMS Dairy Programs, and attorneys Chip English, a partner at Davis, Wright, Tremaine LLP, and John J. Vlahos, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP. The complete agenda can be downloaded at www.wudconvention.com/agenda/
The WUD Convention hotel registration deadline to obtain the discounted rate of $129 has been extended to Feb. 14. Late reservations must still use the WUD group link/code (below), but will receive the best-available rate.
Online reservations: To automatically be added to the WUD room block and receive the discounted rate starting at $129 per night, go to: www.WUDconvention.com and choose the “Hotel/Location” tab to find the link to the Embassy Suites. Or, call 805-549-0800 and provide: 1) Check-in/check-out dates; and 2) Group name “Western United Dairymen” OR Group Code “XWU”
Convention registration forms are available on WUD’s convention website: www.wudconvention.com/register-to-attend/ There are two registration forms: One for WUD members and invited guests, and one for non-members and exhibitors.
Source: Western United Dairymen
Emergency drought relief bill offered
Just days after Gov. Brown issued a drought emergency declaration, three California Congressmen, joined by House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced an emergency drought-relief bill to help farmers through what is certain to be a devastating year.
If passed, the bill would temporarily halt restoration of the San Joaquin River designed to bring back the historic salmon flow, among other measures. The bill is expected to be introduced in two weeks. It calls for allowing farmers to pump from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as water permits and forms a House-Senate committee to tackle water troubles. The bill’s three main prongs would seek to increase pumping out of the delta – if water is available – to agreed-upon 1994 levels, suspend the San Joaquin River restoration settlement, and create a Senate-House task force to come up with long term solutions.