H-2A Workshop & Roundtable

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This workshop is designed for agricultural communities who want to hire temporary agricultural workers through the H‐2A program and for those who are currently participating in the program. Representatives from the United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, State of California, Employment Development Division, and State of California Housing and Community Development will share informative information including the overview of the program, program application processes, and common compliance issues.

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President Promotes Agriculture And Rural Prosperity In America

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President Donald Trump issued an executive order that affects agriculture and rural communities throughout the United States. The key part of the order is establishment of an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity that will consist of various Federal administrative agencies and chaired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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NCAE Issues Immigration Memorandum

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Attached to this E-memo is a twelve page article titled “The I.C.E. Man Cometh - Update on Current Immigration-Related Workplace Enforcement Initiatives and Practical Compliance Advice”. This legal memorandum was prepared by the law firm of CJ Lake, LLC, who serves as the legal counsel for the National Council of Agricultural Employers. UnitedAg is a member of NCAE.

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Health Clinic to serve ag workers and families

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UnitedAg — a member-owned agricultural trade association representing more than 600 ag organizations in California and Arizona opened its first Health and Wellness Clinic Jan. 17 in Visalia, Calif. Open to all UnitedAg members’ covered employees and dependents, the clinic will provide a full range of services focused on the unique needs of the agricultural community from acute and episodic care to health-risk and disease management, along with wellness and prevention.

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In Memory of Al Pieri

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Albert Pieri, one of the founding members and a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of UnitedAg passed away last week at the age of 90 after almost 5 decades in the agricultural industry.

Al Pieri was the founder of Ocean Mist, formerly known as California Artichoke and Vegetable Growers. He was an individual who was a stand-out in agriculture and worked in all aspects of the industry from truck loader to bookkeeper to sales manager to Chairman of several different agricultural Boards. He demonstrated his commitment to quality in his products, quality in his service and quality in our industry’s progressive growth and innovation.

In 1986 Al Pieri became the 3rd Chairman of the Board for UnitedAg and brought with him his fun, humor and high standards for California Agriculture. He was honored with the UnitedAg Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 for his service to the industry, along with recognition to the Pieri family for nine generations of agriculture leadership.

Al Pieri (or “Big Al” for his towering height and dynamic personality) touched the lives around him with his hard-working values and keen wit. His character filled the room with joy, wisdom and true caring. He infused those who worked with him a sense of teamwork and shared goals.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, May 6th at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery (503 California St, Woodland, CA 95695; (530) 662-8645).

UnitedAg and the California agricultural industry will miss Al Pieri.

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