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Top 10 Issues

The California Fresh Fruit Association’s Board of Directors was surveyed in December 2016, ranking the top issues for the coming year. Here are the results: 

  • Increasing Labor Costs
  • Water Supply/Drought Impacts
  • Federal Immigration Policies Addressing the Current and Future Labor Force
  • Labor Regulations (ALRB, OSHA, DIR, DOL, etc.)
  • Groundwater Management Requirements (S.G.M.A.)
  • Negative Impacts of an Anti-Agriculture State Government
  • Cost of Water Quality Regulations and Clean Drinking Water Liability
  • Health Care Mandates/ Affordable Care Act
  • Practicing Sound Food Safety Principles and Demonstrating Regulatory Compliance
  • Air Quality Regulations/Fees/Costs

The 2016 legislative year created many difficult hurdles for our membership to address, while honing their focus towards issues that they would like to see the Association work on in 2017. From the continuance of drought and changing water policies, to changes in labor standards, food safety protocols and compliance issues, to healthcare and air regulations; actions taken by the State and Federal Governments have created an environment in which it will be difficult for agriculture operations to survive. As always, it will be the Association’s goal to work on behalf of its members to address these issues and many more, in an effort to create a better working environment for their businesses.