On Friday, July 22, the Secretary of State announced that the California Fair Pay and Employer Accountability Act qualified for the 2024 ballot on the random sample count of signatures. More than 700,000 valid signatures were submitted in support of the PAGA reform.

“This necessary reform will protect multigenerational farm businesses while providing a better pathway for workers to address legitimate grievances,” said Dave Puglia, President and CEO of Western Growers.

Cory Lunde

The California Department of Food and Agriculture announced four upcoming listening sessions where the public can outline their concerns in advance of negotiation for the 2023 federal Farm Bill.

The listening sessions will be held:

Aug. 10, 2022

Virtual via Zoom, with Spanish interpretation provided.

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Register here:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtde2qrDIvGtB0krzFIkOl1BXPhlZ0qsy-

Gail Delihant

The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, a 200-member coalition which is Co-Chaired by Western Growers President and CEO Dave Puglia alongside National Potato Council CEO Kam Quarles and Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association President Mike Joyner, has sent a policy statement to Congressional leaders to announce the group’s stance on what exactly can be defined as a specialty crop.

Dennis Nuxoll

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