Mark your calendar to join Western Growers in Winterhaven on January 8, 2019, for the 2019 Yuma/Winterhaven H-2A Stakeholder Meeting. Experts from government and the industry will hold round table discussions on important issues such as H-2A Driver Transportation, housing issues, expanding the use of H-2A beyond field harvest work and more!

Experts from Government and Industry:

Jason Resnick

IRVINE, Calif., (December 11, 2018) -- In response to the completion of the 2018 Farm Bill conference report, Western Growers President & CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement:

“We are pleased that the farm bill negotiators have completed their task as the 2018 Farm Bill acknowledges the growing importance of the specialty crop industry to American agriculture and offers real progress on many of our top priorities, including funding for mechanization research and development, as well as improved access to crop insurance tools.

Stephanie Metzinger

Western Growers, along with a number of other agricultural organizations, has signed onto a letter drafted by the National Council of Agricultural Employers urging Congress to halt the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) increases projected for 2019.

The H-2A visa program was implemented by Congress in 1986 allowing agricultural employers to legally and temporarily employ foreign farm workers as long as the employer can establish it was unable to find an adequate number of U.S. workers.

Jason Resnick

Strawberry growers and their employees interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management of natural resources and food safety are invited to attend a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training on December 18. This workshop is brought to you by the California Strawberry Commission and Western Growers.

Sonia Salas

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