To Frank Maconachy, longtime builder of harvesting aids and a member of the Western Growers Board of Directors, the film wrap machine developed by BrimaPack offers a great money-saving opportunity for grower-shippers.
Dan Gerawan was opening his mail one day in October 2012 and came across a letter from a representative of the United Farm Workers. In the letter, the UFW representative noted that the union was the “certified bargaining representative” of all of Gerawan Farming’s agricultural employees, and set forth a list of documents and information it was requesting, ranging from detailed employee information to maps of Gerawan’s farming locations.
Aside from a food contamination lawsuit, the biggest threat to agricultural producers may be a wage and hour class action on behalf of field or shed workers. In 2012 Brinker v. Superior Court seemed to give some clarity in the area of meal and rest period class actions. There was speculation that class actions in California would actually decrease.
Steve Danna is a fourth-generation farmer who grew up on a farm and farms today with his brother, Joseph, and his Aunt Dee. He went to an agriculture school, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, so it all makes sense.