Western Growers is offering members a secret weapon in helping attract and retain the best employees in California and Arizona’s produce industry. For the past six years, the Western Growers HR Practices and Compensation Survey has collected data to provide members with crucial information needed to keep compensation competitive. And your participation this year is vital to building a more robust database.

Yesterday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced the launch of two Western Growers’ promoted initiatives designed to streamline and bring bureaucratic efficiencies to the H-2A application process. The processing changes come after continued engagement by WG staff and less than a month after WG Chairman Larry Cox led a delegation of board members to Washington, D.C.

Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order to establish long-tern conservation measures for the state in anticipation of enduring drought conditions. The Governor built on the temporary statewide emergency water restrictions previously established by requiring “permanent monthly water use reporting, new permanent water use standards in California communities and bans on clearly wasteful practices such as hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes.”

The Executive Order focuses on the following areas:

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The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced an increase for fees in 2016 for the Terminal Market Inspection Program. The increase follows the agency’s publication of a final rule in the Federal Register in 2014 for calculating fees charged by AMS for user-funded programs. The Program has not seen a fee increase since 2007.

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