Yesterday, Western Growers’ Board Member Sonny Rodriguez (The Growers’ Company -- Somerton, Ariz.) and WG associate member, Phil Townsend, (Sunlund Chemical -- Yuma, Ariz.) participated in the 'Walk of the Farmworker' tour on Arizona’s San Luis border. Hunter Moore from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's office and congressional staff from the offices of Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally (AZ-2) and Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake also joined them. The tour was followed by ‎a meeting with local growers to discuss labor and H-2A issues, as well as water and food safety issues.  

Jeff Janas

Western Growers Chairman Vic Smith will gavel to order the Orange County Board of Directors meeting tomorrow morning in Newport Beach. Committee meetings are scheduled all day on Wednesday and will include discussions on a variety of topics affecting the industry, including water, labor, food safety, agtech, legislative proposals, trade, and transportation issues. The full board will meet on Thursday to report on their respective discussions and to take up any items passed out of the committees.

Jeff Janas

Over 10 days following its initial announcement that a hardware failure halted the processing of over 3000 H-2A visas nationwide, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to work on a fix to the biometric data transmission system used to process security checks. There has been no official word from the U.S. State Department or from DHS about when the problem will be fixed.

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Immigration

Immigration has been a critical issue for Western Growers members. For years, we have fought for a legal and stable workforce that not only supports our industry but ensures those who have worked along side our members are treated with decency and respect.

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