The Western Growers Board of Directors wrapped-up a successful meeting today in Orange County, having deliberated top issues affecting the fresh produce industry. Chairman Vic Smith of JV Smith Companies led two days of committee meetings and a general session that included policy discussions on water supply, labor, food safety, trade, transportation issues, and innovation.    

Jeff Janas

UFW has been actively filing ‘Notices of Intent to Take Access’ with the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). Over 30 access filings have been submitted over the last 30 days. UFW organizers have visited a number of farms along the southern and northern coasts and the Central Valley. 

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

Western Growers is promoting a small, but important, legislative fix to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would help employers determine the healthcare eligibility for their seasonal workers. The legislation, known as the Stars Act (Simplifying Technical Aspects Regarding Seasonality), aims to permanently codify IRS regulations defining who is considered a “seasonal worker” under the law. As it now stands, the only definitions of seasonal workers that exist are contained in IRS regulations. Those regulations can be altered by a future administration.  

Jeff Janas

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