A recently released Consumer Product Safety Commission report on ladder safety revealed some eye-opening statistics regarding the frequency and severity of ladder-related incidents in the United States. Every year, thousands of people are injured and hundreds are killed in ladder-related incidents. Determining the root cause of these incidents can lead to the prevention of the majority of injuries and deaths.

Some compelling statistics include:

The Western Growers July 2017 Board of Directors Meeting concluded today. From July 25 to 27, WG Board Members gathered in Orange County to guide WG’s actions on state and federal legislative and regulatory priorities impacting Western Growers members, as well as provide feedback on important initiatives being undertaken by the association. Among the issues discussed:

Cory Lunde

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security held a hearing on labor and immigration issues facing the agriculture sector. In addition to several private sector panelists, Congressman David Valadao (CA-21) presented testimony before the Subcommittee. Congressman Valadao discussed issues critical to California agriculture, including the need to address the current workforce in the industry and improve the future flow to meet the needs of year-round operations.

Jeff Janas

Western Growers, California Farm Bureau Federation, Ventura County Agricultural Association and Grower-Shipper Association Central California, have filed an application to the 6th District Court of Appeal to file an Amici Curiae (friend of the court) letter in support of a California harvesting company’s suit in connection with the safe harbor provisions of California’s piece-rate law, AB 1513.

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