With the possibility of additional H2A processing delays threatening farming operations in California, Arizona and elsewhere, WG board members flew to Washington, D.C. and met with representatives from the three federal agencies responsible for processing applications.

Board members used the opportunity to highlight the increasing usage of H-2A and why there is every expectation the program will only continue to grow in usage, particularly in places like California where it has historically had little use, now that there are no other alternatives.

Last week, Western Growers sent an Action Alert to members asking them to contact their respective assembly members as soon as possible and urge a NO vote on Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) farmworker overtime bill (AB 2757). A follow-up Action Alert will be sent out next week to those who have not acted reminding them to take action on this important matter.  

In recent years, the number of pollinators appears to be in decline due to various factors. Western Growers' members can learn more about current issues surrounding pollinators and best practices to sustain their services during the next Lunch & Learn webinar on April 27.

Pollinators are an essential component of both natural and agricultural ecosystems. While they support biodiversity and habitats, they also play a key role in the production of crops that require pollination—such as the case of most fruits and vegetables.

Stephanie Metzinger

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