Recently we had the opportunity to visit three of our school garden grant recipients and discovered they all had one thing in common: they sell the produce they grow to the community as a means of economic sustainability.
It is the era of “Big Data” and everyone is trying to harness available information to make better decisions in all facets of business. Possibly nowhere does that make more sense than when dealing with the weather and agriculture.
With spring’s promise of renewal and rejuvenation, it’s the perfect time to embark on the annual ritual of spring cleaning. That usually means cleaning oft-neglected items such as windows and carpets, dusting those hard-to-reach places and removing excess clutter from the home. But for the human resources professional, spring is an ideal time to clean up legal compliance issues.
If it’s time for you to make changes to your current benefits plan or implement a new plan altogether, there is a lot to consider. Provider networks, employee contributions and a prescription benefits program are just a few decisions you need to make.
Fuel rates are as low as they have been in years, which will have a positive impact on freight rates as long as the current situation exists. However, that doesn’t mean freight rates are going to drop precipitously.
In mid-February, Class III of the Western Growers’ Future Volunteer Leaders Program completed an introductory orientation session in the association’s Irvine office. This is the group’s first activity in what will be a two-year program.
David Gowan, a Republican, was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2009. He resides in Sierra Vista in Legislative District 14, which includes all of Cochise County, all of Greenlee County, all of Graham County except for the Indian reservation, and the Eastside of Pima County—an area about equal in size to the state of Massachusetts.
Agriculture faces great obstacles today, especially for those engaged in labor-intensive agriculture where certain challenges feel particularly acute. Over the course of my career, I have participated in some of the major battles our industry has waged over workforce and labor issues.