IRVINE, Calif., (January 17, 2019) -- California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Zoe Lofgren introduced a bill today that would provide a path to citizenship for certain farmworkers. In response, Western Growers' President and CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement:

“We recognize and applaud the efforts of Senator Feinstein and Representative Lofgren, as well as many other members of the House and Senate, to address the acute labor shortage that plagues production agriculture.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) 300A Form logs work-related injuries and illnesses in 2018. All eligible employers are required to maintain and post an OSHA 300A summary sheet from February 1 to April 30.

Employers with 10 or less employees or who work in low-hazard industries are not required to post their summary. To review which establishments need to submit data, visit OSHA Injury Tracking Application.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced yesterday that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will temporarily reopen amidst the government shutdown to perform limited services for farmers and ranchers. The following FSA offices will open for Farm Loan Program Services on January 17, 18 and 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:        

Bakersfield Service Center

5080 California Ave, Suite 150, Bakersfield, CA

(661) 336-0967

Merced Service Center

Chardae Heim

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