At the time of this writing, the 2022-2023 two-year legislative session has been called to order in Sacramento. This represents a changing of the guard from one formal legislative season to another and, this year, a sea of change in the number of new legislators who are coming to California’s capitol. In fact, approximately a quarter of the legislature is now made up of new faces. This is both exciting and challenging for those of us who advocate at the Capitol.

Matthew Allen

Western Growers joined with the California Fresh Fruit Association and Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association to recently submit comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on the proposed merger of grocery giants Kroger and Albertsons. While the companies’ investors might see a profitable upside, farmers have good reason to be concerned this deal, worth nearly $25 billion, is bad for producers. The two retail giants combined would account for 15.6 percent of the U.S. grocery market share, second only to Walmart at 21 percent.

Jason Resnick

Prepare your HR Professionals with this four-hour Harassment, Discrimination, and Abusive Conduct training designed to equip them with the knowledge they need to comply with the requirements outlined in SB-1343, AB-1825, AB-2053, SB-396, SB-400, and SB-188. Participants will also gain a deeper understanding of how sexual harassment affects health, productivity, quality, and service. By the end of this training, individuals will be able to effectively:

Anna Bilderbach


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