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July 23, 2015

Tony Campos to be Honored with Ag One Foundation Recognition

Photo of Tony Campos - courtesy of the Ag One Foundation

Photo of Tony Campos – courtesy of the Ag One Foundation

Congratulations to Ag Council member, Tony Campos of Campos Brothers Farms, who is receiving the Ag One 2015 Community Salute on July 31 at a celebration dinner at the Fresno Convention Center Exhibit Hall. Each year, the Ag One Foundation at Fresno State recognizes an extraordinary individual in the California agricultural or food systems industries. Tony Campos is being honored for his dedication and service to his community.

Over the past 50 years, Tony built a legacy of stewardship, philanthropy, and family values. Tony was born in Orondritz, Spain and immigrated to the United States when he was 17 years old. In 1971, Tony began growing almonds with his two brothers in Caruthers and the first Campos family almond huller was built in 1981.

Today, Tony and his wife Juliet manage Campos Brothers Farms with their adult children. The Campos family shares a passion for agriculture, and Tony stands as an industry leader in almond production and processing. Tony and the Campos family are also committed to supporting various medical, religious, and educational organizations.

Ag Council is fortunate to have Campos Brothers Farms as a member and Jeannine Campos Grech, Tony’s daughter, as a board member. Tony is an exceptional leader, committed philanthropist and deserving of this honor.

As background, the Ag One endowment was created 28 years ago to help fund the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State. Today, the Ag One foundation comprises over $17 million in endowed funds benefitting the college and students.

Tickets have sold out for the July 31 event honoring Tony Campos. Please call Ag One at ph. (559) 278-4266 or click HERE for further details.

Paid Sick Leave Amendment Signed into Law

A bill amending California’s new paid sick leave law, AB 304, was approved on a bipartisan vote in the Legislature and signed by Governor Jerry Brown on July 13. The bill is authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego).

AB 304 adjusts how California’s paid sick leave law is implemented. The most substantial changes under AB 304 pertain to accrual provisions and how to pay employees when they use sick time.

The changes are intended to clarify areas where employers expressed concern about the paid sick leave law. The bill goes into effect immediately given it was approved by the Legislature with an “urgency” clause.

AB 304 address the following issue areas, among others. The bill:

• Clarifies who is a covered worker by stating the law applies to employees who work for the same employer for 30 or more days within one year;
• Exempts retired annuitants;
• Provides alternative accrual methods other than one hour for every 30 hours worked;
• Explains protections for employers who already provided paid sick leave or paid time off before January 1, 2015;
• Details alternative methods for paying employees who use paid sick leave;
• Describes the rules regarding reinstatement of benefits to rehired employees; and
• Addresses unlimited sick leave policies.

Employers are encouraged to discuss any questions with their labor and/or employment counsel in order to best understand how the new law applies to their workforce.

Click HERE for the full text of AB 304.

Governor Touts Climate Change Efforts While in Vatican City

Governor Jerry Brown spoke at a symposium in Vatican City on July 21 regarding California’s response to climate change.

In his remarks, Governor Brown said, “The California economy has steadily reduced its greenhouse gas emissions, particularly on a per capita basis, but its economy is growing over the last decade faster than the economy of the United States as a whole. So, there are ways that we cannot mock creation or the laws of nature, but live within them. We have to get on the side of nature and not abuse it or go against it.”

In his speech, Governor Brown called upon the mayors in attendance from throughout the world to fight against climate change. To read Governor Brown’s full remarks, click HERE.

As background, this past April, Governor Brown issued an executive order establishing an aggressive target for California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2030. The governor views this action as an interim step toward later attaining an 80 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2050.

Grant Funding Awarded to Dairy Digester Projects

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently announced grant funding awards for five Central Valley dairy operations to implement digester technology projects.

The goal of the projects, funded with approximately $11.1 million in grants, is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from dairy manure. The funding derives from the state’s cap and trade program.

For more information, read the CDFA press release HERE.