On Wednesday, February 10, the Coachella City Council unanimously passed a mandate that farmers and other agricultural employers provide an additional $4 per hour to their employees for at least four months, effective immediately. Grocery, restaurant and retail pharmacy workers are also covered under the ordinance, which applies to businesses that employ 300 or more workers nationally and more than five employees in the city of Coachella.

Cory Lunde

Agricultural operators throughout the San Joaquin Valley can now apply for grants to purchase low-dust harvesters. 

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District recently launched the Low-Dust Nut Harvester Replacement Program, an effort to significantly reduce particular matter 10 microns and smaller emissions that result from nut harvesting activities. The program will pay for 50 percent of the cost, or as much as $150,000 per unit toward replacing old harvesting units.

Chardae Heim

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, the San Francisco Superior Court heard back-to-back oral arguments on motions for preliminary injunctions sought in two lawsuits – one by the Western Growers-led agricultural and broad business coalition, and the other by the National Retailers Federation –  to stop the recently-enacted Cal OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) concerning COVID-related occupational safety requirements from being enforced.  

Jason Resnick

Western Growers is committed to meeting the needs of our members, providing valuable benefits and programs designed to assist members with their operations. In January, a survey was emailed to all WG members, encouraging them to share their most-valued benefits and programs; reasons why they continue to be members of WG; and their overall concerns with the industry.

Here are the top highlights revealed by the survey:

Top 5 Benefits and Programs members are engaged in:

Kim Sherman

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