Western Growers’ members are invited to attend the “Criminal Prosecution for Food Safety Violations and Prop. 65” seminar on May 24 at the WG Center for Innovation & Technology in Salinas, Calif.

This seminar will be conducted by attorneys from Alston & Bird LLP who will address concerns about the expanding risk of criminal prosecution of executives in the fresh produce industry. Also, attendees will learn about the Prop. 65 rules on naturally occurring compounds. The panel will address topics such as the following:

Stephanie Metzinger

Western Growers is offering members a secret weapon in helping attract and retain the best employees in California and Arizona’s produce industry. For the past six years, the Western Growers HR Practices and Compensation Survey has collected data to provide members with crucial information needed to keep compensation competitive. And your participation this year is vital to building a more robust database.

In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, Peter Gleick derides efforts by Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Valadao to pass legislation that would alleviate some of the damage done to farms and farmworkers in the San Joaquin Valley who have watched El Niño water flow past their farms and out to sea.   

The crux of Gleick’s argument? “Both bills approach California’s entrenched water problems from the misguided idea that we can squeeze even more water out of an already overtapped system.” In other words, there isn’t enough water to sustain San Joaquin Valley farms.

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