House Bill 2275, which clarifies an existing tax exemption ensuring the fairness and consistency of agricultural tax, passed out of the Arizona State House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee yesterday. Arizona is one of only two states being taxed on fertilizer, causing many Arizona growers to cross state lines to purchase their inputs, ultimately affecting the state’s economy.

AnnaMarie Knorr

Western Growers (WG) formalized a new strategic partnership with FME to, together, solve ag food tech challenges by connecting members, advancing collaboration and boosting technical development and application, both in the United States and the Netherlands. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed and announced during the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., on February 12, 2019.

Stephanie Metzinger

Western Growers, in collaboration with Bayer Crop Sciences, rolled out the Sacramento area’s inaugural AgTechx event this past Thursday. AgTechx – a summit where farmers and technologists collaborate on new innovations to help sustain the world’s food supply – featured a riveting Junior AgSharks Competition; a “State of the Ag Industry” fireside chat; and in-depth panels on how robotics/automation and new technologies to improve soil health can help farmers’ operations.

Stephanie Metzinger

Employers who require nonexempt employees to check in to find out whether they must report to work that day must pay those employees “reporting time” under the applicable wage order. Under a sweeping Court of Appeal decision, when an employee calls in but is not put to work or is furnished less than half of their usual or scheduled day's work, they may be entitled to reporting time pay, whether or not they actually reported to work

Jason Resnick

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