In a recent survey of our members who use the H-2A program, more than half experienced delays in getting their workers last year. This year, with the influx of H-2B visa applications at the Department of Labor (DOL), and the greater overall demand for the H-2A program, there is a real concern that H-2A visa applications will be substantially delayed as the harvest season approaches for many of our members.

Jeff Janas

Western Growers members are invited to participate in a discussion with the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) to help determine who will implement and enforce the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule in Arizona—the ADA or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Implementation of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule will result in on farm inspections as required by this federal mandate. This could have a considerable effect on Western Growers members, as the inspections may result in audit fatigue.

Stephanie Metzinger

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will be holding two workshops next week to gather input from stakeholders to help determine what notification is appropriate when field fumigation occurs. Western Growers has been vocal about the direction DPR is headed and will continue to express serious concerns on the issue. Western Growers’ members are encouraged to participate in these workshops, as DPR will use this input to develop a new regulation.

Stephanie Metzinger

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will be holding two workshops in April to gather input from stakeholders to help determine what notification is appropriate when field fumigation occurs. Western Growers has been vocal about the direction DPR is headed and will continue to express serious concerns on the issue. Western Growers’ members are encouraged to participate in these workshops, as DPR will use this input to develop a new regulation.

Stephanie Metzinger

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