Biggest issues for California ag
The California Fresh Fruit Association has announced the results of the “Top Issues Survey” for 2021. CFFA members were recently surveyed to rank the top issues for the Association to focus its efforts on this year.
“The CFFA membership has provided staff a strong assessment of the issues that the industry will grapple with in 2021," said President Ian LeMay. "As we saw in 2020, the California fresh fruit industry continues to be impacted by increasing regulatory requirements, labor and wage cost increases, and water availability all while continuing to provide the nation and world with quality fresh produce. CFFA will continue to act as the industry’s unified voice on these issues, and many more, in both Sacramento and Washington, DC.”
Outlined below are the areas of most importance that were identified:
- Increasing Wage Costs (Base/Minimum Wages/Overtime Thresholds)
- Groundwater Management Requirements (SGMA)
- Federal Immigration Policies Addressing Current & Future Labor Forces
- Labor Regulatory Compliance
- Water Supply Availability & Curtailment
- Health Care Costs (Policy Costs/Paid Sick Leave)
- Immigration Enforcement (ICE)
- Federal & State Food Safety Compliance Requirements
- Plant Health Materials (Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides, Etc.)
- Workers’ Compensation Costs
CFFA staff has acknowledged that while not specifically listed, issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to have an overarching influence on all advocacy efforts that the association undertakes throughout 2021.