Registration is open for the Agricultural Personnel Management Association (APMA) Forum, a must-attend event for human resources, labor and safety professionals working in agriculture. The APMA Forum will take place on January 18-20, 2023, at the Monterey Plaza Hotel. A packed schedule of seminars is filled with content to fulfill the promise of the event’s theme of “Bridging the Gap from Compliance to Excellence.”

Jeff Morrison, Director of Innovation & New Technology at Grimmway, spoke at the Lunch & Learn at The WG Center for Innovation & Technology in Salinas on December 14.  Morrison attracted 20 startups to his talk, which is the most engagement for the monthly event yet.

Western Growers’ Dennis Donohue, Center for Innovation and Technology Director, emceed the occasion.

Western Growers along with a coalition of trade and consumer advocacy organizations commented on the Reagan-Udall Foundation report, which proposes reforms to the Food and Drug Administration's Human Foods Program.

The letter to Dr. Robert Califf, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, follows up on comments made by De Ann Davis, SVP of Science with Western Growers, last week. 

Kara Timmins

On December 7, 2022, President Biden signed the "Speak Out Act." ("Speak Out").  "Speak Out" voids in as unenforceable any non-disclosure or non-disparagement agreement related to workplace sexual harassment and sexual assault.  The Act bars employers from enforcing such agreements with former or current employees, independent contractors, providers of goods and services, and consumers that contain a non-disclosure and non-disparagement provision prohibiting any discussion related to sexual assault or harassment.

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