1. Western Growers Urges Senate Action on Ag Labor Crisis
The U.S. Department of Labor-regulated hourly rate agricultural employers are required to pay H-2A temporary foreign agricultural workers (and domestic workers in corresponding employment) and Western Growers has joined the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) in calling on the U.S. Senate to address the agricultural labor crisis.
2. Joe Barsi Named as President of California Giant Berry Farms
As the new year and a new decade rolls in, California Giant continues its path of building a strong future for the company announcing Joe Barsi as their new President.
3. There's a New National Hemp Growers Assocation in Town
The U.S. Hemp Growers Association (USHGA), the only national grower-directed hemp trade association, was officially formed in late December in Indianapolis.
4. Does a Loophole in Organic Standards Encourage Deforestation?
Fifty experts gather every year to predict the biggest food trends for the upcoming year. Store team members, global buyers, and culinary experts base these trends off of years of experience studying consumer preferences. Trends for 2019 included eco-conscious packaging and plant-based meats, so what does 2020 look like?
5. Study Finds that Organic Produce can Benefit from Bug Bites
An unintended consequence of the National Organic Standards, the rules that govern certified organic agricultural production, actually provides an incentive for the conversion of critical ecosystems to organic cropland, fueling deforestation and biodiversity loss.