November 28, 2020

Waste Management holds virtual hiring event

Waste Management in Woodland will host a virtual hiring event this month for individuals seeking to become residential collection drivers based out of Woodland.

The company reported that applicants must be 21 years or older, have a current Class A or B California Commercial Drivers License with an air brake endorsement and, within the last seven years, have at least one-year experience operating a vehicle requiring a CDL or equivalent military driving.

The virtual hiring event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., daily, Sept. 15 through Sept. 17. Qualified applicants must apply online prior to the event and have access to a web camera for an online video interview.

To apply online, visit careers.wm.com, click on Frontline Operations and then type Woodland in the search bar. Click on Virtual CDL Residential Driver Hiring Event – Woodland, CA and then click Apply Now. Instructions on how to connect with Waste Management will be sent to individuals after they apply online.

Residential drivers operate heavy-duty trucks and are responsible for the collection of residential household waste or recyclable material. Drivers must have the ability to navigate safely through high traffic and congested roadways, driveways, alleyways and parking lots.

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Oasis Club & Spa at 1317 College St., has new owners. On Sept. 1, the business became SL8 Fitness & Nutrition for Women. Owners Tyler Fisher and Marilyn Clark made the announcement via Facebook.

Fisher is a certified personal trainer and Clark is an integrative nutrition health coach. They also own and operate SL8 in Esparto. The Woodland gym is located in a little corner of the College Market shopping center south of Douglass Middle School.

SL8 intends to partner with Kaia Fit to provide outdoor and livestream workouts during September.

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Every year, The Village Feast celebrates the Sacramento region’s Farm-to-Fork season, where the community gathers to enjoy and honor the bounty of local farmers. The event has been an afternoon of dining at a communal long table in Davis’ Central Park, in the style of a Provencal grand aioli.

This year, because of the pandemic, the entire event will be online, from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17. The Virtual Village Feast 2020 is free to attend, and has two parts: An online auction with items donated by chefs, restaurants, wineries and community members; and a live Zoom hosted event, where participants will share their home feasts virtually, play trivia games, and bid on auction items.

Participants will have several options for enjoying the Village Feast at home. Bella Bru Cafe will offer ready-to-eat Provencal-inspired meals, which may be picked at three locations or delivered through DoorDash.

Farm Fresh To You will offer an “aperitif” box (baguette, olives, roasted nuts, cheese) and a CSA ingredient box to make your own grand aioli feast at home. The Davis Food Co-op will offer a special selection of Yolo and Sacramento county wines to accompany the feast.

People wishing to participate may register for the event at https://thevillagefeast2020.eventbrite.com.

Davis Farm to School and Les Dames d’Escoffier, Sacramento Chapter are the beneficiaries of this event. They work together to support education programs around food and agriculture. All proceeds from The Village Feast go toward these missions.

For more information about supporting the virtual Village Feast, email Meghan Russell at [email protected] or Rachael Levine at [email protected]

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Through Oct. 31, Tractor Supply Company will hold its sixth annual FFA T-shirt fundraiser in stores nationwide and online. Tractor Supply customers can purchase a limited-edition T-shirt, designed around FFA’s commitment to supporting agriculture. Campaign proceeds will be donated to the National FFA Organization to be distributed to chapters across the country, funding agricultural programs and activities for FFA youth.

Tractor Supply designs a special FFA shirt to be sold during the weeks leading up to the National FFA Convention, one of the world’s largest student conventions, intended to celebrate the growth and achievements of the students within the organization. This year, to ensure the health and safety of the students, chapter leaders, National FFA council members and sponsored guests, the convention will be a virtual event held Oct. 27-29.

The FFA T-shirt is available for $12.99 plus tax at any Tractor Supply store, at TractorSupply.com or via the retailer’s mobile app. Fundraiser donations are distributed among three FFA programs: Gift of Gold, Living to Serve and Alumni Legacy Grants. Each program is dedicated to serving students and chapter leaders in unique ways.

Since the campaign’s inception in 2015, Tractor Supply has raised a total of $1,367,903 for FFA programs. In 2019, this fundraiser generated more than $217,268 for chapters nationwide. Additionally, Tractor Supply supports FFA in its mission through fundraising activities year-round, including the Grants for Growing program as well as activities at the local level.

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Speaking of ag, Ching Lee of the publication Ag Alert recently wrote that in an effort to streamline regulations of certain pesticides derived through biotechnology, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new rule it says would speed development of new, genetically engineered plant varieties that could help farmers fight pest and disease pressure, potentially in more crops.

Specifically, EPA has proposed exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for certain biotech pesticides incorporated into plants “that pose no risks of concern to humans or the environment,” the agency said.

Under the proposed rule, regulatory exemptions for such biotech pesticides would be allowed “as long as their pesticidal substances are found in plants that are sexually compatible with the recipient plant and meet the proposed exemption criteria, ensuring their safety.” Once the rule is published in the Federal Register, the public will have 60 days to comment.

The agency said the proposed exemptions “seek to facilitate the development of new tools for American farmers to protect their crops and control agricultural pests.” By “reducing antiquated regulations that restrict access to the market for biotechnology products,” EPA said, farmers would have more access to science-based innovations that could potentially increase the nation’s food supply.

Kent Bradford, director of the Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis, said the EPA proposal appears similar to a recent proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow changes to a plant using biotechnology if those changes could have been achieved through conventional breeding.

The rule would allow sexually compatible plants with desirable traits such as possession of pesticidal substances to be crossed, and it would be possible to recover viable progeny from them, he explained. Most crops are sexually compatible with some wild species to which they are closely related, such as among pepper or tomato species, he added.

EPA estimated the new rule would reduce overall registration costs to developers by about $444,000 to $459,000 per product. The agency estimates about 80% of entities likely to develop such products are small companies, which would realize the cost savings as they seek EPA approval of new active ingredients. The agency said this would likely “remove a potential barrier to market entry for small entities.”

Jim Smith is editor of The Daily Democrat. He can be reached at [email protected]

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