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The 2024 Process

Western Growers supports the continuous improvement of the LGMA-approved leafy green food safety guidelines and facilitates a yearly systematic amendment process.

Starting in 2022, the “Priority Setting Committee,” established by the LGMAs, is responsible for assessing annual priorities. At the beginning of each year, the Priority-Setting Committee sets the topic(s) for the remainder of the year.

Notable Dates

Event Dates Details
Priority Setting: January – February – 1 month
“Priority Setting Committee” sets topics for the 2024 amendment process January 15th – February 15th CA LGMA selects the Priority Setting Committee. WG hosts discussions. 2024 priority is set.
Priority Working Group: February – April – 2.5 months
Priority working group meets to work on proposed changes for topics selected by the Priority Setting Committee February 15th – April 15th WG and CA LGMA select SMEs for the Priority working group. WG facilitates working group meetings.
The priority working group proposes science-based changes for the set priority.
Priority working group and WG finalize proposed changes April 15th – April 31st
Comment Period: May – 30-days
Opening Webinar – Overview of comment submission process and timelines May 1st WG hosts a seminar to do a comment submission walkthrough.
Proponents of changes (such as the Priority Working Group or others)
30 day – comment period May 1st – May 31st The public submits comments through this website
Metric Revision: June
Webinar – Review comments and proposed changes June 5th WG hosts a webinar. Public comments are reviewed and vetted.
Final Report June 15th WG prepares a report of comments and public vetting for the CA LGMA board to consider and discuss with the CA LGMA Technical Committee

Important Documents

2024 Process
2023 Process

View all current proposed changes and comments on the Submissions page.

Participate in the Process

If you are interested in proposing changes to the LGMA-approved metrics, follow these submission guidelines:

1. Download the “Proposed Changes” under Important Documents (2024 Proposed Changes coming in April 2024)

2. Use the Word function “Track Changes” to outline your revisions throughout the document. (If you are new to tracking changes, click here to review a guide.)

3. Use the Word function “New Comment” to provide details on how the proposed change will enhance food safety, along with the rationale behind the change.

To view an example of steps 2 and 3, click here. In this example, revisions are tracked within the document and a statement on how the proposed revision enhances food safety along with the rationale for the change are provided through the Word function “Comments” in the right-hand panel.

4. When you are ready to submit your document, click on “Propose a Change”.

Note: We are only accepting proposals that follow the above steps. If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at WGScience@wga.com.

Propose Change