This week, the California Assembly will vote on a labor union-sponsored bill that would create joint liability for growers who use farm labor contractors.   Western Growers is part of a large coalition working to stop AB 1897 (Hernandez, D-West Covina).  We strongly urge you to contact your Assembly member to urge him/her to vote against this bill.  Use the Western Growers Grassroots Action Center to submit your opposition to this legislation.

Matthew Allen

Statement of Dennis Nuxoll, Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for Western Growers, on the passage of the Emergency Drought Relief Act by the U.S. Senate:

“We are pleased that the drought bill has moved out of the Senate.  The effort by Senators Feinstein and Boxer to convince their Republican and Democratic colleagues of California’s pressing need for action has been commendable, and we applaud that significant effort.  We are also aware of Members of the California Republican House delegation to reach out to Senate Republicans to lend help and sincerely appreciate it. 

Wendy Fink-Weber

AgSafe, an agriculture-based safety organization, has developed a food safety training course for produce harvesting. This class will be helpful to everyone in the produce business especially those involved in harvesting specialty crops.  It will give supervisors, foremen, crew leads and field workers basic knowledge regarding sanitation and hygiene principles that are often noted in food safety audits. 

Greg Nelson

It’s almost Memorial Day and that means summer is almost here.  That also means it’s time for the Western Growers Membership Renewal Drive. Membership in Western Growers is an investment in your future.  Thousands of members understand the value of belonging to the organization and all the benefits you get as a member.   As an added incentive, all memberships that are renewed by June 21 will be entered into a drawing for $500.

Randy Hause

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