The Legislature will soon dig into a proposal by the Newsom administration to raise the mill assessment on pesticides based on toxicity. One point the Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA) will be making to policymakers is how fumigants would “unfairly be assessed the most” under the plan.

“This proposal will not accomplish the goals it set out to accomplish and unfairly targets the tree nut industry and those that use fumigants,” said WAPA CEO Roger Isom (above) in a statement to the administration.

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Isom argued fumigants are often required under international trade agreements, adding: “We have no choice in the matter.”

According to WAPA, the administration has recognized the need for broader discussion on the proposal.

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