The most recent Farm Bill links conservation compliance to crop insurance. If you currently utilize or market crop insurance, it is critical to understand the new requirements. To help you do this, Western Growers will host a 90-minute webinar with USDA expert.
On February 25, 2015, Western Growers is hosting a webinar to bring our members up to speed on the current fumigant regulatory issues facing growers. This presentation will focus on the challenges related to the use and restrictions of methyl bromide, chloropicrin, metam sodium and 1-3 D/telone.
The Department of Labor has published a Notice in the Federal Register to announce the allowable charges and subsistence reimbursements related to H-2A workers in 2015. The notice provides the maximum meal charge for employers who provide three meals per day to workers, as well as the maximum travel subsistence meal reimbursement that a worker with receipts may claim.
The most recent Farm Bill links conservation compliance to crop insurance. If you currently utilize or market crop insurance, it is critical to understand the new requirements. To help you do this, Western Growers will host a 90-minute webinar with experts from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), Farm Services Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) who will explain the new requirements.
Last week, the California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board approved changes to the state’s Heat Illness Prevention (HIP) Regulations (Cal. Code of Regs. tit. 8, § 3395). The board intends to request that the revisions be made effective April 1, 2015, so that the changes are in place prior to the upcoming heat season.
On February 19, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will vote on revisions to the heat illness prevention standard (General Industry Safety Orders §3395). Previous proposals were roundly criticized by Western Growers and other industry groups in written comments and at a public meeting last September.
Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif sent a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) on February 12, 2015, strongly objecting to a recent staff decision to deny limited increases in export pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta under certain conditions and asked the Board to rapidly reconsider its decision on the Temporary Urgency Change Petition (TUCP).
This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (Corp) withdrew a controversial rule intended to clarify the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) in the Clean Water Act. Ag groups -- including Western Growers – have argued the interpretive rule, which became effective in March of 2014, limited their available exemptions under the Clean Water Act.
In December, the United States Supreme Court addressed whether employees are “working” while waiting to undergo mandatory, end-of-shift security checks. The Court unanimously held that the time spent by warehouse workers waiting for and undergoing security screenings before leaving for the day is not compensable under federal law.