Last week, members of the Western Growers (WG) Future Volunteer Leaders Program (FVLP) joined their counterparts from the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association (FFVA) Emerging Leader Development Program on a three-day tour of Southern Florida produce operations.  With generous support from Farm Credit, the two leadership groups had the opportunity to observe leading Florida fruit and vegetable producers and network with peers from other key specialty crop producing regions of the country.  The Florida production tour is the first half of a reciprocal exchange between the two leadership programs as members of the FFVA leadership group will travel to California to tour Salinas-area produce operations in June.

Cory Lunde

As a reminder, employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) injury and Illness Recordkeeping Rules are required to post an OSHA Form 300A.  This is a summary log of all work-related injuries and illnesses that occurred at your place of business in 2013.  The form is available for downloading from the OSHA website.  Employers with 10 or fewer employees are exempt (unless they have a fatality, which must be reported.)


Jason Resnick

House and Senate conferees concluded negotiations yesterday on the long overdue and much anticipated Farm Bill (The Agricultural Act of 2014).  The legislation includes several important measures and spending increases for the specialty crop industry including:  research, pest and disease prevention, state block grants, and child nutrition.  The conference report is expected to be voted on in the House tomorrow and in the Senate on Friday. ACTION IS NEEDED BY YOU to ensure its passage in both chambers.

Dennis Nuxoll


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