The Recent Romaine Recall and the LGMA

Although the Center for Disease Control announced on January 9, 2019 that the recent e-coli outbreak is over, there is another part of the story that doesn’t seem to be getting allot of traction. During the investigation the FDA made the comment that based on the spread of the traceback it’s highly unlikely that it…

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Livelihoods Ahead of Relationships

As the industry wrestles with the economic impact of dumping all romaine, some nagging questions keep coming up. The question is why, after 12 years, the regulatory side is still using a scorched earth approach and treating the industry with a “what we want you to know” instead of a “know what we know”. Emptying…

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H2A Housing Ordinances

Within cities across the Central Coast, ordinances are popping up that limit, and even prevent housing options for H2A workers. Unfortunately, these cities are using their ordinances as a chance to blame temporary agriculture workers for a lack of solutions to the affordable housing crisis. Many growers have offered to build farmworker housing on their…

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Where is Ag’s Seat at The Table?

California agriculture has always had an overtime exemption that allowed overtime to start after ten hours in a day because of the seasonality of the work. Crops don’t grow Monday through Friday from 9-5pm. Entire growing seasons can be over in a matter of weeks or months. With the new minimum wage changes came new…

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Erosion of the California Family Farm

California’s family farming industry is at a critical crossroads, perhaps one of the most significant in our history. Contentious and often-complex issues such as escalation of the state minimum wage, water storage, ever-increasing operating costs, and stifling regulations, all add up to obstacles that farmers in neighboring states do not have to contend with. In…

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