I am a health insurance agent and have a client, ABC Farms, that has a health benefit plan with Western Growers Assurance Trust. ABC Farms has operations in the Central Valley of California and in Yuma, AZ, and has 500 employees. In Yuma, the employer hires about 50 employees just for the seasonal winter vegetable harvest, which lasts four months. Is ABC Farms required to provide coverage under Obamacare to the seasonal Yuma hires? And what if some of the seasonal employees travel to the Central Valley and continue working after the winter season concludes?
A new U.S. corrugated industry life cycle assessment (LCA) study shows a significant 32 percent reduction per unit in the industry’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions between 2006 and 2010. Additionally, the industry improved in other environmental impact indicators. Effects of nutrient releases on receiving waters and soils (eutrophication) decreased by 22 percent and effects of particulate matter emissions (respiratory effects) decreased by 14 percent.
The House of Representatives and Senate recessed on September 18 in order to allow individual members to make their final push for reelection this year. While seven weeks remain before election day, Congress has left Washington with much work left undone.
With the enactment of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is required to take a risk-based approach to food safety and therefore change existing paradigms in several areas, one of them is produce sampling and testing. It is moving toward a more structured framework for routine and research purposes.
Goods and services provided by the many companies that operate within the agricultural sector are a very important part of the specialty crop industry. Though not actually producing the crops, these firms provide the tools necessary to do that job. At Western Growers, these Associate Members collectively are a key component of the organization. They deserve your support!
A characteristic has been added to the standard Western Shipper cantaloupe that keeps the melon on the vine through the ripening process resulting in a more uniform harvest, and, most importantly, leads to a sweeter melon.
Mark Stone was part of the huge freshman class that was elected to the State Assembly in 2012. Prior to that he was on the board of supervisors for Santa Cruz County and also served on the California Coastal Commission.
More than 100 years ago, the same growers that had gotten together a decade before to form what would become the Sunkist Growers co-op, joined forces once again to form a co-op for the purchasing of wood material for their crates.