Irvine Calif. (January 22, 2014) -- Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif released this statement in response to a press conference held in Bakersfield, Calif., today with Speaker John Boehner and California members of Congress House Majority Whip, Kevin McCarthy; Congressman David Valadao; and Congressman Devin Nunes who have proposed legislation to address the worsening drought in California:

Wendy Fink-Weber

In the Agriculture & the Law column appearing in the January 2014 issue of the Western Grower & Shipper (WG&S) magazine, it was erroneously reported that the California minimum wage will increase from $8.00 to $9.00 per hour on January 1, 2014. In fact, the effective date of the first of two scheduled increases is July 1, 2014.

Jason Resnick

On December 24, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the rule called “Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration,” which will require domestic and foreign food registered facilities to assess their operations to address hazards that may be intentionally introduced by acts of terrorism. This means that these food facilities would be required to have a written food defense plan.

Sonia Salas

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