Upon the passing of Senator John McCain - a true American patriot and hero - this past Saturday, the Western Growers family wishes to extend its deepest condolences and collective prayers to his family. While it is difficult to encapsulate the full impact of the life and career of Senator McCain, which will reverberate for generations of Americans to come, this one anecdote may suffice: congressional leaders from both parties have announced that Senator McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol, an honor that has been bestowed but 31 times in the past 166 years of American history.

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The wildfires in Southern California continue to rage on and dominate the news. People from all walks of life have been threatened and many have experienced significant losses, including many in the agriculture industry. Unfortunately, Western Growers’ members have not been spared. In response to the fires and to several media inquiries made, Tom Nassif, president and CEO of Western Growers issued the following statement:

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The inaugural AgSharks™ Competition took place last week at our Western Growers Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, and the outcome was both unexpected and sensational! Six agtech start-up companies pitched their technologies—everything from robots that cart berries up and down the field to little sachets that reduce decay and extend the shelf life of fresh produce—to a group of investors and farmers. The result?

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Recently Senator Feinstein has come under fire for comments she made concerning the need to have “patience” with respect to President Trump. Senator Feinstein was expressing her hope, which she admitted was perhaps fleeting, that President Trump can become a better President than he has, in her opinion, shown to date. Since making those comments the Senator has come under fire by Democrat activists and even elected leaders like state Senate President pro tem Kevin De Leon. That is unfortunate.

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Two recent court judgments against the United Farm Workers (UFW) have floated past most of the news media, and apparently our elected lawmakers in Sacramento, without a hint of irony. In March, the Monterey County Superior Court awarded more than $1.1 million in penalties and unpaid wages against the UFW stemming from a class action claim that the union misclassified as “exempt” 23 of its own employees and failed to pay them overtime or let them take lunch breaks.

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My intention for Nassif’s Notes is to provide a regular forum for Western Growers members, policymakers, reporters and the general public to engage in meaningful dialogue around key issues impacting fruit, vegetable and tree nut farmers in Arizona, California and Colorado. I will use this blog to provide commentary on timely topics, events and people, hopefully furthering the public discourse. From time to time, I will also ask Western Growers staff to weigh in on relevant subjects. Through it all, I invite your thoughtful and respectful participation.