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
The Western Growers Board of Directors, led by Chairman Bruce Taylor, concluded three-successful days of meetings and activities in Sacramento today highlighted by high level dialogues with state officials and regulators.
At the Western Growers Board meeting in Sacramento this week, the Transportation Committee will be discussing the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed transportation rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act.
For the remainder of this month, until April 10, 2014, Western Growers staff will be gathering proposed changes related to 7 of the 15 issues included in the leafy greens guidance documents for California and Arizona.
Which industries have shown the most employment growth in California over the past eight years? Software development, check. Computer systems design, check. On-line retail, check. Specialty health care services, check.
Sexual Harassment is not to be taken lightly. Sacramento’s Mercy General Hospital learned this the hard way when a 2012 federal court jury awarded a former Physician’s Assistant with $168,000,000 -- yes that’s $168 million dollars. At the time, it was the largest sum to be awarded to a single plaintiff in an employment case. The plaintiff claimed to have submitted at least 18 formal workplace complaints during her two year employment with the hospital.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) posted its interim final rule regarding the handling of retaliation complaints under the whistleblower provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Section 402 of the FSMA, which applies to an “entity engaged in the manufacture, processing, packing, transporting, distribution, reception, holding, or importation of food” protects workers who report or testify about food safety concerns against retaliation and ensures food safety concerns raised by employees are taken seriously.
An important crossroads for U.S./Canadian trade relations is upon us and Western Growers urgently needs your help to make an impression with our northern neighbor. This Friday, February 14th, the Government of Canada (GoC) is holding a webinar to seek input on enhancing trading practices and financial risk mitigation for the Canadian fresh produce sector.
In 2007, Scientific Certification Systems sponsored a Draft Trial Standard for Agricultural Sustainability through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This Draft Trial Standard was hotly debated and viewed by many as unworkable. In fairly short order, the Leonardo Group (a charitable organization that facilitates the development of national voluntary standards) announced the development of a multi-stakeholder process to develop a proposed National Standard for Agricultural Sustainability.