In response to a number of requests from stakeholders, Leonardo Academy extended the deadline to submit comments for the development of national voluntary ag sustainability standards until April 6.  The original comment deadline date was scheduled to end today, March 6.

Western Growers is encouraging members to raise issues, comments or concerns with Hank Giclas prior to the new deadline so that WG can reflect member concern accurately as Leonardo moves forward on this project.

Hank Giclas

The Department of Labor has published a Notice in the Federal Register to announce the allowable charges for 2014 that employers seeking H-2A workers may charge their workers when the employer provides three meals a day, and the maximum travel subsistence meal reimbursement that a worker with receipts may claim in 2014. The Notice also includes a reminder regarding employers' obligations with respect to overnight lodging costs as part of required subsistence for the H-2A program.

Jason Resnick

This week, Western Growers announced a first-time partnership with The American Cancer Society’s California Division to raise awareness about how healthy eating choices are tied to cancer prevention.  To aid in this awareness campaign, Western Growers has committed $100,000 over two years to support American Cancer Society programs, services advocacy and cancer research efforts. While the formal agreement was made with the ACS California division, all benefits and programs of the collaboration include WG members in Arizona.

Wendy Fink-Weber

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