Hostile water legislation that would have created Regional Water Augmentation Authorities (RWAA) with broad powers was held in the Arizona House Ag & Water Committee late Tuesday evening.  Western Growers led a coalition of farmers and businesses along with the City of Yuma, County Supervisors and ag industry representatives united in opposition to the bill.

AnnaMarie Knorr

A new tax on agricultural fertilizers, a new tax on food sold at retail and a new fee on all water users are at the center of a report issued yesterday to the Legislature by the State Water Resources Control Board that proposes numerous responses to nitrate in groundwater in two of the state’s most productive farm regions.

Dave Puglia

This week California Senator Dianne Feinstein sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk urging him to continue efforts “to harmonize agricultural trade standards with the Government of Mexico.   The senator said the “Mexican market is of the utmost importance to California agriculture, and the removal of unscientific barriers to trade will be a great boon for the industry.”

This year, and particularly since the passage of SB 126, organized labor has pushed the envelope with new organizing tactics, aggressive campaign strategies, and innovative techniques designed to catch unwary employers off guard. Thanks to these tactics, the UFW has won two of three elections that were held in 2012. The UFW is reinvigorated and prepared to scale up its organizing efforts, particularly against unprepared agricultural employers.

Jason Resnick

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