Yesterday, Governor Brown, select members of the Legislature and labor union leaders announced an agreement to make California the first state in the nation to reach the $15 per hour minimum wage mark. This deal comes on the heels of a 2013 law that raised the minimum wage from $8 to $10 per hour effective the beginning of this year. The new plan will continue to raise the minimum wage as follows:

Cory Lunde

Western Growers will host its 91st Annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Kauai from November 6-9, 2016. This year’s lineup of events perfectly blends together education, entertainment and networking, giving guests a valuable and memorable experience—all the while enjoying Hawaii!

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is now accepting hotel reservations for the Annual Meeting. Rooms are available at a special group rate; reserve your room today to guarantee your space.

Book your room at the Grant Hyatt Kauai.

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will be holding two workshops in April to gather input from stakeholders to help determine what notification is appropriate when field fumigation occurs. Western Growers has already and will continue to express serious concern with the direction DPR is headed on this issue. Western Growers’ members are encouraged to participate in these workshops, as DPR will use this input to develop a new regulation.

Stephanie Metzinger


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