2013 is here and that means several Health Care Reform requirements are around the corner.  On January 17, Western Growers will be in Phoenix to review PPACA requirements that take effect this year including W-2 reporting, the notice to employees regarding the health care exchange, new summary of benefits and coverage, flexible spending account and annual limit caps, and more. This workshop is designed for small employers (50 employees or less).

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On Tuesday, the House voted 257-167 to pass legislation already approved by the Senate that will avert the government from going over the so-called “fiscal cliff” by increasing taxes on those making more than $400,000 ($450,000 for couples) along with postponing sequestration cuts for two months.  The agreement also includes a one-year (through Sept. 2013) extension of the 2008 Farm Bill.  Not all programs from the 2008 bill survived however,

Dennis Nuxoll

Irvine, Calif. - Western Growers Foundation, through the generous support of WG Member HMC Farms will offer grants to K-12 schools in the Oakland school district to provide children with an edible, nutritious and educational school garden experience. Grant applications are available now through Jan. 31, 2013. The grants include a check for $1,000, a school garden kit and fruit from HMC Farms.

Stephanie A. Wilken

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