On Wednesday, February 10, the Coachella City Council unanimously passed a mandate that farmers and other agricultural employers provide an additional $4 per hour to their employees for at least four months, effective immediately. Grocery, restaurant and retail pharmacy workers are also covered under the ordinance, which applies to businesses that employ 300 or more workers nationally and more than five employees in the city of Coachella.

Cory Lunde

While recent reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) imply a possibility of COVID-19 transmission from food or food packing, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, peer global regulatory bodies and leading food safety experts agree that there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with eating food or handling food packaging.

Sonia Salas

Whether you are establishing a sale or amending a sales contract, here are some helpful reminders to be aware of when using PAS (Price after Sale) sales terms. Afterall, PAS  (also referred to as open price sale or open sale) does not establish a consignment or an agency relationship. With everything already agreed to but price, it is a straight buy-sale relationship. No detailed account of sales is required, and the buyer must pay the fair market value or a price mutually agreed to between the parties.

Bryan Nickerson

Agricultural operators throughout the San Joaquin Valley can now apply for grants to purchase low-dust harvesters. 

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District recently launched the Low-Dust Nut Harvester Replacement Program, an effort to significantly reduce particular matter 10 microns and smaller emissions that result from nut harvesting activities. The program will pay for 50 percent of the cost, or as much as $150,000 per unit toward replacing old harvesting units.

Chardae Heim

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