DEEP SANTA MARIA ROOTS: Craig Reade’s dad was raised in the San Joaquin Valley but he ventured over the hill when he went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for college. “He came over here, met my mom at Cal Poly, got married and never went back.”
I keep hearing that I have to offer “affordable” health care coverage to my workforce. I’m worried that the new standards will make any plan expensive for my employees. What exactly is “affordable,” and how do I know if our health plan qualifies?
One given in the crop protection industry is that bugs and diseases continue to evolve and adapt and so industry must follow suit. In research labs across the country and the world, scientists are constantly looking at new materials, new chemistries and new ways to fight the pests that are hell bent on ravaging the crops that provide food and fiber to our nation and beyond.
From its turquoise-colored water to its beautiful mountain vistas, Waikiki has it all in this Pacific paradise. And that beautiful scenery will serve as the backdrop for the Western Growers 88th Annual Meeting in November in Hawaii. Though November might seem far away now, it’s not too early to start planning as the host hotel, the Sheraton Waikiki, will fill up fast. You’ll have educational and network opportunities as well as plenty of friends, food and fellowship for the annual event beginning Sunday, Nov. 10.
In April, the U.S. District Court of Northern California granted motions brought by both CropLife America (CLA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to dismiss a lawsuit filed by environmental activists a few years ago attempting to restrict the use of many different crop protection tools because of the Endangered Species Act.
It was late when I arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare airport from Washington, D.C., on March 13 after meetings on immigration reform legislation. The weather was lousy and I was still bothered by the knee surgery I had in January.
The California Water Code has been interpreted to presume that, if you irrigate crops and any irrigation or storm water leaves your land, the water could contain waste constituents that may affect downstream surface water quality.
Where did you grow up? Educational background? Family Background?
I grew up in Los Angeles, California, before moving to the Inland Empire located just 30 miles southeast of the Los Angeles region. I have an Associate’s Degree from Chaffey Community College and my husband, Gilbert L. McLeod, and I have lived in the district for more than 43 years, raising 10 children, 27 grandchildren, and 25 great grandchildren.
A recent California Court of Appeal Decision has held that automobile mechanics, who earned at least minimum wage for every hour worked, were entitled to separate hourly compensation for any time not spent performing auto repairs. Put another way, employers are not permitted to average piece rate earnings over all hours worked to satisfy minimum wage requirements. The case, Gonzales v. Downtown LA Motors, LP (2013 WL 1316514; March 6, 2013), is a published decision that could directly and significantly impact agricultural employers who pay their workers on a piece rate basis.
Throughout the past few months Western Growers traveled across California and Arizona hosting valuable and informative Executive Forums on Health Care Reform. We saw more than 300 members, and we will meet with many more of you in future one-on-one appointments to continue our dialogue on health care reform. We know there are still a lot of questions regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) mandates and what it means for you and your business.