On April 2, 2019, the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted the “State Wetland Definition and Procedures for Discharges for Dredged or Fill Material to Waters of the State.”  The rule clarifies what is considered a wetland for the entire state and establishes permitting procedures for discharged materials from or to areas considered a wetland. The rule also provides consistency in the way the State Water Board and nine regional water boards regulate activities to protect wetlands and other waterways, such as rivers and streams, and bays and estuaries.  Additionally, the rul

Gail Delihant

The Agricultural Personnel Management Association (APMA) will be offering a labor and employment law course on April 17, 2019, in Santa Maria, Calif. This session will provide an overview of the California and Federal labor and employment laws affecting agriculture, including wage and hour, harassment and discrimination, farm labor contractor regulation, union organizing and mandatory leaves of absence.

Jason Resnick

Yesterday morning, Western Growers President & CEO Tom Nassif detailed the critical labor shortages facing American agriculture and laid out the case for agricultural immigration reform before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship.

In his testimony, Nassif stated that experienced workers are aging out of the agricultural workforce with few Americans lining up to take their place, despite wages well above state and federal minimums. 

Cory Lunde

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