WG&S May 2016

“We treat our employees with respect.  We don’t need an employee handbook.”

“We’re an at-will employer.  We don’t need a written warning in the file before we terminate.”

“The At-Will acknowledgement is just going to scare off good employees.  We don’t need it.”

“Arbitration Agreements?  Isn’t that just an invitation to sue?”


Famous Last Words

By AnnaMarie Knorr


Arizona’s position as a landlocked state with vast amounts of desert land could be a water nightmare.  Yet, since the state’s inception, our policy makers have embarked on a long and distinguished history of protecting our most precious resource.

(Editor’s Note: The questions and answers have been paraphrased for brevity and clarity)


Eduardo Garcia was first elected to the Assembly in November of 2014.  His district is one of the largest in California including much of eastern Riverside County and all of Imperial County.


Where did you grow up?  Tell us about your early years?

By Yvete Minor

(Editor’s Note: We had the opportunity to discuss technology & innovation with Paul McFadden of The Toro Company, one of the charter sponsors for the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology.  Paul shared his insights into the world of agriculture and Toro’s view of how technology can help growers in our region.)

Providing real-time food safety data at your fingertips is just one part of iFoodDecisionSciences’ business model.

“Our team’s passion to serve the industry, our dedication to helping our clients deliver their produce in a safe and timely manner is above and beyond,” said Diane Wetherington, CEO of iFoodDecisionSciences. “We can get a call from a grower at 5:00 p.m. saying they need to add 500 new blocks to our system so they can start harvesting those plots of land the next morning, and we will meet their request almost immediately.”

The big El Niño delivered some hefty rain to parts of California and several different storms throughout the state.  At the end of this water year (Oct. 1, 2015 –Sept. 30, 2016), California is on tap to receive fairly normal precipitation and snowfall and water content in the snow pack are also near normal.  Some areas of the state—mostly north—received above average rainfall, while some areas to the south are still in what are called “drought conditions.”

This column marks the final installment of my three-month series on the need to reform the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  The last two articles discussed the specific problems that need to be addressed and the reasons why real reform has been difficult to achieve.  In a way, I have attempted to provide a diagnosis of the disease (and yes, I am comparing the ESA to a sickness).  In this piece, I will prescribe various treatments for the illness and explain why the medicine may be a tough—though not impossible—pill to swallow.

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