As March of 1991 opened, California had experienced five straight years of well-below average rainfall. Water rationing and other conservation ideas were the rage and talks of draconian measures were commonplace.
During this time of drought in the Southwest, growers are looking for any angle to help them conserve and use their water as efficiently as possible, and according to Nick Rogers, president of Weather Tec in Fresno, his company has a product that can be incredibly useful.
It was 1934 when a local entrepreneur started a Bakersfield, CA, company to help fill the equipment needs of the booming oil industry. Western Oilfields Supply Company (WOSCO) provided such items as pipe, fittings, rags, nails, hatchets, and used boilers.
As you read this article in May, the United States House of Representatives will have only 54 days left to conduct business until the November election. That’s right. Over the course of the next six months, Congress will only be conducting legislative business during 54 of the possible 185 days before the next election.
Sen. Ben Hueso was elected to the California state Senate in 2012 to represent California’s 40th District which includes the cities of Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, Coronado, a portion of the City of San Diego, Imperial County and the southern part of Riverside.
Frustrated by his failure to get his employment law agenda through Congress, President Obama earlier this year promised to bypass Congress and act unilaterally to get things done. “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” he famously said.
We use farm labor contractors (FLCs) to perform all sorts of services on our farm. I’m concerned about the large employer mandate and whether or not the employees that work for the FLC could somehow subject me to a tax penalty under Obamacare. Am I concerned for no reason?
If you are a small employer offering health benefits insurance not under a grandfathered plan (see below), this information will help you understand the new way of calculating employee premiums and thereby assist you in making informed decisions about how you design and select your company’s health benefits plans.
Almost every time the Western Growers’ Board of Directors meets, it has to read and hear lengthy reports on a growing list of anti-business legislation and regulations proposed or in force in California. The directors from Arizona cast glances at one another and smile. You can almost hear them thinking, “Thank God we live in Arizona.”
More than 80 years ago, H.W. “Cy” Mann, who was raised in Southern California, the son of a car dealer/politician, graduated from Stanford University and headed south to Salinas looking for work. It was the height of the Great Depression and there were not a lot of jobs to be found. However, production agriculture did offer promise and Cy Mann saw an opportunity to become a grower-shipper.