Arizona’s minimum wage will rise to $13.85 an hour, up from $12.80 an hour, starting Jan. 1, 2023.

Annual increases are mandated by Proposition 206, which Arizonans approved in 2016. That ballot measure steadily bumped up the minimum wage from $8.05 an hour in 2016 to $12 an hour by Jan. 1, 2020. The state’s minimum wage is now tied to inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for urban workers.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its final rule this week in establishing traceability recordkeeping requirements for those who manufacture, process, pack, or hold certain foods, including leafy greens, nut butters, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables and ready-to-eat deli salads, for inclusion on the Food Traceability List (FTL).

The requirements established in the final rule are designed to:

Michelle Rivera

The Western Growers Family of Companies mourns the passing of former board member Tom D. Bengard, patriarch of Bengard Ranch and a beloved agricultural industry veteran.

Tom came from a family of true agricultural pioneers in the Salinas Valley. His grandparents, James Bardin and Wes Eade, journeyed to California in the late 1800s in search of rich farming and grazing land. A little less than 100 years later, grandchildren Tom and Terry Bengard established Tom Bengard Ranch, Inc. in 1961 as a grower-shipper operation.

Michelle Rivera

Do you have a farm dog? Or a barn cat? Or a cat that thinks it is a barn cat despite living a life of unimaginable luxury? Western Grower & Shipper Magazine wants your pet photos!

WG&S is starting a new feature where we will run photos in the magazine that show off our members' favorite working animals - and, frankly, we'll take pics of your lazy animals, too. A selection of photos will be included in each upcoming issue.

Ann Donahue

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