Western Growers’ Executive Vice President Dave Puglia is among the 100 influential Californians included in this year’s California Influencer Series. For the second year, The Sacramento Bee, Modesto Bee, Merced Sun-Star, Fresno Bee and San Luis Obispo tribune have partnered to launch a discussion about pressing issues facing the state of California.

Chardae Heim

Social Security No-Match Letters Are Back

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has once again begun sending Social Security no-match letters to employers. The notice, titled SSA Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance Employer Correction Request, notifies the recipient that the employer reported X number of employee names and Social Security Numbers (SSN) on Form W-2 for tax year 2018 of which some fraction of those numbers did not match SSA’s records.

Jason Resnick

Assemblyman Adam Gray recently wrote a column in the Merced Sun-Star calling out the California State Water Board’s inability to act in good faith on voluntary agreements.

In part, Gray writes, “When the State Water Resources Control Board voted in December to adopt the Bay-Delta Plan, its members ignored the direction of former Governor Brown and current Governor Newsom to pursue voluntary agreements with our irrigation districts…

Dave Puglia

Technology isn’t only about drones and robots. The fresh produce industry is experiencing a high-tech revolution in the area of food safety, as well. While food safety-related news continues to grab headlines, farmers have made significant strides in food safety process improvements over the years. Now, new cutting-edge tools are emerging to bolster those efforts.

Hank Giclas


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