According to a study released by NASA and University of Irvine, California, the Colorado River Basin, the basin that contains the Southwest’s only major river and water source, has lost almost 53 million acre feet of water from December 2004 until November 2013.  The amount represents a volume that is nearly double that of Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir.  The most troubling aspect of the report is that the majority of the water loss --75% of the 53 million acre feet -- is from underground sources. 

Western Growers

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 7 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 22, 2014:

Bills passed: 0


It has been ONE YEAR and 23 DAYS since the Senate passed S. 744 with no action by the full House.

As July 22, 2014, there are only 7 scheduled legislative days left to pass immigration reform before the House adjourns for its August recess.  

Twitter Hashtags: #ready4reform #ifarmimmigration #immigration #ActOnImmigration

Ken Barbic

Summertime.  Simply saying the word conjures images of beaches, picnics, good times and of course… And while civilians get to enjoy all of those luxuries, perks and treats on a regular basis during those warm, sunny months, we may forget that our soldiers serving overseas often go long durations without experiencing the comforts of home -- if they get them at all.  That’s probably particularly true with regard to food.

Western Growers

A family squabble has led employees of Massachusetts-based company, Market Basket, to take action against the company by refusing to work, leaving many of its store shelves bare.  According to a local TV station, co-CEO Dean Joyce was fired for supporting protests about the company’s leadership.  Following an announcement by the company that Joyce was removed from his supervisor’s position, employee’s decided to strike.  The strike had an immediate effect on delivery schedules and on the availability of produce in the stores, leaving few, if any options for the delivery of produce. 

Tom Oliveri


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