House Bill 2275, which clarifies an existing tax exemption ensuring the fairness and consistency of agricultural tax, passed out of the Arizona State House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee yesterday. Arizona is one of only two states being taxed on fertilizer, causing many Arizona growers to cross state lines to purchase their inputs, ultimately affecting the state’s economy.

AnnaMarie Knorr

Last May, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) along with the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State, announced a coordinated effort to modernize and streamline the application process for the H-2A temporary agricultural visa program. This is welcome news to our industry.

Jason Resnick

In a unanimous 138-page opinion issued on May 30, 2018, the Fifth District Court of Appeal vacated the Agricultural Labor Relations Board’s (ALRB) decision to dismiss the decertification petition and set aside the election of Gerawan Farming Inc.’s workers and directed the Board to tally the workers’ ballots that it ordered impounded over four years ago.

Western Growers’ President and CEO Tom Nassif praised the court’s decision.

Jason Resnick

In response recent public statements made by President Trump and members of his Cabinet indicating that the U.S. may withdraw from NAFTA, Western Growers sent a letter urging the Administration to modernize, not terminate NAFTA.

In the letter, WG President and CEO Tom Nassif cites the economic benefits that NAFTA has provided the domestic fresh produce industry and stated, “…withdrawing from NAFTA is not an option. The disruption created from such a move would be a disaster for U.S. produce companies.”

Jeff Janas

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