Growers and Farm Labor Contractors have an opportunity to attend a class on agricultural laws and regulations. AgSafe will host the event in Holtville Sept. 26. All topics will be covered for both beginning and advanced FLCs at a level that is appropriate for their experience
It appears there continues to be confusion over the application and effect of the California Air Resources Board TRU regulations. The regulations became effective Dec. 10, 2004, and employ a phased in approach to reduction of diesel particulate matter from transport refrigeration units. The phase in feature requires that a refrigeration unit meets the Low Emission Performance Standard 7 years from its model year. Actual enforcement of the regulations did not begin until Jan. 1, 2010, when refrigeration units manufactured prior to 2003 were required to meet the Low Emission Performance Standard.
Members of the Western Growers Board of Directors are meeting in Washington, D.C. this week at a crucial moment for critical issues in the agriculture industry. While there, the board is meeting with national opinion and policy makers to discuss the need for immigration reform, specialty crop concerns with passage of the Farm Bill, food safety regulations and other pressing issues.
“Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.” ~Virginia Burden, author
The mission statement of Western Growers is ever-present in my mind and in the minds of everyone who works on behalf of our members. Our mission: “To enhance the competitiveness and profitability of our members and to lead our members and the fresh produce industry toward a healthy, sustainable and profitable future.
Over the past two months, Western Growers has delivered valuable information to more than 300 members to help ag businesses prepare for the Affordable Care Act mandates. Several successful executive forums were hosted this week throughout the Central Valley.
For several years now, Hank Giclas, Western Growers senior vice president of science, technology and strategic planning, has had a vision for a web-based platform that could help growers accumulate, store and regurgitate the data they need to provide to both government officials and the buyer community about the products they grow and ship.
The product traceability pilot projects required by the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act have been completed and, not surprisingly, the overarching finding is that the current traceability systems that are typically being used today make it “very challenging” for the Food and Drug Administration to conduct a successful investigation following a food-borne illness outbreak.
As we approach the spring months and warming temperatures, companies may begin to consider how they can be more productive and generate more profits. One way to increase productivity is to increase the use of your fixed resources by adding additional work shifts, including shifts that work through the night.
The weather is already starting to warm up in the Coachella Valley and it won’t be long before summer is upon us and the mercury starts rising quickly. That means it is also a good time for each company to review its heat illness prevention policy.