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

In early May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its operational strategy for the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). As the FDA continues to refine its rulemaking and guidance documents, the operational strategy will provide the framework to fulfill the vision of FSMA by initiating new public health protection standards across the entire food safety program, including produce safety standards; food and feed preventive controls; and a new import system. This webinar will provide an opportunity to ask any questions related to the FDA's implementation plan for FSMA and more specifically to learn about FDA’s current thinking on the produce rule.

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 8 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 17, 2014:

Bills passed: 0


It has been ONE YEAR and 18 DAYS since the Senate passed S. 744 with no action by the full House.

As July 17, 2014, there are only 8 scheduled legislative days left to pass immigration reform before the House adjourns for its August recess.  

Twitter Hashtags: #ready4reform #ifarmimmigration #immigration #ActOnImmigration

Ken Barbic

A call for leadership and compromise to ease water woes for California farmers was made to members of Congress in a letter sent this week from 11 California agriculture groups. Emergency drought relief bills passed this year in the U.S. Senate (S. 2198, the Emergency Drought Relief Act) and the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 3964, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act) are currently being reconciled. Time, however, is running out for legislators to produce a final bill.  Ag producers and their communities are urgently in need of a change in the law. Congress is scheduled to recess for a five-week summer break on July 31, and they will have only a very short time in September before Congress recesses for the election.

Dennis Nuxoll


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