Many members of the House on both sides of the aisle have expressed the need to pass legislation fixing our broken immigration system. While the Senate took action by passing S. 744, the House has yet to pass a single bill to reform our immigration system. With 5 legislative days remaining until the House adjourns for its August recess, the urgency for action mounts as a key window for action closes.

Recap of immigration reform action by the U.S. House of Representatives for the day ending July 24, 2014:

Bills passed: 0


It has been ONE YEAR and 25 DAYS since the Senate passed S. 744 with no action by the full House.

As July 24, 2014, there are only 5 scheduled legislative days left to pass immigration reform before the House adjourns for its August recess.  

Twitter Hashtags: #ready4reform #ifarmimmigration #immigration #ActOnImmigration

Ken Barbic

The Agricultural Personnel Management Association (APMA), in conjunction with co-sponsoring organizations that includes Western Growers, recently began a series of courses for agricultural human resources professionals.  Graduates of the course will earn a prestigious Human Resources Professional in Agriculture (HRPA) designation.  

Western Growers Senior Vice President Karen Timmins helped kick-off the series in Oxnard in June by leading a class on Managing Employee Compensation.  Karen will also lead a second class on September 10.

Karen Timmins

If you didn’t renew your WG Membership by June 21, you missed the opportunity to automatically get registered for our $500 contest drawing.  This week, one lucky renewing member found out how real the contest was when Rob Steinmann, our Member Relations Manager, contacted Jessica Cueto at Pablo’s Produce in Oxnard, California, to let her know that Pablo’s was randomly selected as this year’s Annual Dues contest winner.

This year’s 89th Annual Meeting being held from November 2-5 in Las Vegas promises to be a star-studded event.  What else would you expect when you hold a meeting in a city that bills itself as the “Entertainment Capital of the World?” 

Besides the likes of former Tonight Show Host, Jay Leno, who will entertain guests at the Award Dinner, attendees will also get to see the BRAVO Network’s Top Chef finalist Louis Maldonado in action on November 3rd in the Bellagio’s Tuscany Demonstration Kitchen. Chef Louis plans to dazzle the crowd by preparing a wide-variety of fresh fruit and vegetables in unique and interesting ways.


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