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Goodlatte’s Ag Act

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security held a hearing last Wednesday (7/19/2017) on the topic of Ag Guestworkers and received testimony from Honorable David Valadao (Congressman of the 21st Division of California), Ms. Sarah Frey (CEO of Frey Farms), Mr. Jon Wyss (Owner of Gebbers Farms), and Mr. Giev Kashkooli (Vice President of United Farm Workers). The video of the hearing and the witnesses’ testimonies can be found here.

The Agricultural Workforce Coalition also submitted testimony for the record.

As you will hear in the video, Chairman Goodlatte announced his intention to introduce the Ag Act of the 113th Congress. It is unclear if Chairman Goodlatte will introduce his bill before the August recess. We will keep the NCAE membership updated should the bill be introduced!

NCAE Executive Search – Job Posting

The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) is the national trade association representing agricultural employers and agri-businesses with Congress and federal agencies. Our Members are growers, dairies, nurseries, associations, and others whose business interests depend on labor intensive agriculture.

Due to the impending retirement of NCAE’s current President, NCAE seeks a successor to lead our association into the future.

Candidate must have significant agricultural policy experience, preferably with labor intensive agricultural employer issues, demonstrated association management and leadership ability, experience working with boards and member volunteers, and ability to direct association’s finances and compliance reporting.

NCAE will accept applications by July 15, 2017. It is our intent to conclude the interview process by mid-September with a start-date between mid-October and mid-November 2017. For confidential consideration, please send a cover letter (including salary requirements) and resume to CEOsearch@ncaeonline.org. No phone calls, please.

2017 NCAE Chief Executive Officer Job Description

2017 NCAE Bylaws

 

EPA accepts request to delay implementation of WPS Rule

EPA has communicated with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) that they AGREE with the request to delay implementation of the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) until at least January 2, 2018, OR when the training and implementation infrastructure is put into place! As soon as we have that documentation we will share it, and strongly suggest that you retain a copy, in case you are later questioned about potential non-compliance.

2017-05-11 NASDA WPS Petition Delay EPA Reply

EPA also opened comments to extend (delay) implementation of the Pesticide Applicator Rule by one year.  Comments are due on or before May 19th.