Agri-Pulse’s first annual food and ag policy summit kicks off tomorrow, September 9th. Registration is free for all WG members ($149 value).

The day will feature thought-provoking discussions on sustainability, food waste, alternative protein and more, with top leaders in the food and agriculture industries. With an all-star lineup of speakers, you won't want to miss this first annual event.

Cory Lunde

On August 8, 2020, President Donald Trump issued a memorandum directing the Treasury Secretary to defer the collection of the employee portion of Social Security taxes (listed as “OASDI” on the paystub) but left many questions on the details on implementing this deferral unanswered.  The Memorandum directed the Department of Treasury to issue guidance that would allow employers to defer the withholding and payment of the employee portion of Social Security taxes.

Jason Resnick

In light of the National Weather Service’s most recent excessive heat watch alert, Cal/OSHA is reminding all employers to take steps to prevent heat illness during a period of high heat across the state. When the temperature is 95 degrees or more, certain employers must implement effective high-heat procedures like additional monitoring of workers for signs of heat illnesses, and those in agriculture are required to provide extra cool-down rest periods in addition to required breaks.

Jason Resnick

Santa Barbara County has joined Housing for the Harvest, the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s new program that provides temporary hotel housing for agricultural workers in need of a place to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19. Santa Barbara is the third county to participate in the program, which includes both Fresno and San Joaquin counties.

The Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health will partner with the local Family Service Agency to manage the program.

Chardae Heim


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