A California Court of Appeal has ruled that bumblebees are eligible for protection as threatened or endangered “fish” under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). The opinion reversed the trial court’s ruling in favor of Western Growers and six other agricultural groups. The trial court had concluded that the CESA, which extends to fish, mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and plants does not extend to insects.

Jason Resnick

Cal/OSHA is reminding all employers with outdoor workers to take the necessary precautions to prevent heat illness, as high temperatures are expected throughout the state this week.

The law requires employers to provide outdoor workers fresh water, access to shade at 80 degrees and whenever requested by a worker and cool-down rest breaks in addition to regular breaks. Employers must maintain a written prevention plan with training on the signs of heat illness and what to do in case of an emergency.

Ann Donahue

We are pleased to announce the 96th Western Growers Annual Meeting will be held at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas November 2-5, 2022.

Attended by key decision-makers from Western Growers member companies, the Annual Meeting brings growers, shippers and processors together with allies and suppliers in the fresh produce industry. Be sure to join us for top notch entertainment, education and networking opportunities. Early bird registration is expected to open mid-June.

Kim Sherman

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