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CCGGA PAC Fundraiser – Beretta Shotgun Raffle!

CCGGA PAC Fundraiser

Beretta Shotgun Raffle!

There are a few ways to purchase tickets!

1.    Tickets are available to be purchased online (link below).

2.    Tickets may be purchased directly from the association by contacting our office at (559) 252-0684.

3.    All CCGGA Board Members and Advisors will be selling tickets.

All payments made with a personal credit card or personal check will be allocated to CCGGA Federal PAC.

All payments made with a corporate credit card or corporate check will be allocated to CCGGA State PAC.

WIN A 686 SILVER PIGEON I!

Tickets - $100/ea. (limit 250 entries)

Payment must be received by 5 pm Wednesday, Nov. 22
 to 1785 N. Fine Ave. Fresno, CA 93727.

All payments made with a personal credit card will go to the CCGGA Federal PAC.

All payments made with a company credit card will go to the CCGGA State PAC.

Drawing - Wednesday, Dec.  6, 2017

Questions? Call (559) 252-0684

 

Contributions to the California Cotton Ginners & Growers Federal PAC are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions from corporations, foreign nationals and federal government contractors are prohibited. **Federal law requires political committees to report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer for each individual whose contribution exceeds $200 in an election cycle.

**Drawing will be held at CCGGA Board Meeting, winners need not be present

California Cotton Ginners & Growers Association
1785 N. Fine Avenue
Fresno, CA  93727

 

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Refresher: The Use of an AB 60 License for I-9 Verification

By: Jizell Lopez

The Saqui Law Group

1. Q. What is an AB 60 License?
A. An AB 60 License is issued when an individual does not have “satisfactory proof of legal presence in the U.S.” Many people who have an AB 60 License are legally in the U.S. and are work-authorized. In certain cases, an individual who has an AB 60 License can provide proof of legal status, but their documents are not considered compliant with state regulations and the REAL ID Act and therefore cannot be accepted by the DMV.

2. Q. Is an AB 60 License an acceptable identification document for I-9 purposes?
A. Yes. The AB 60 License is an approved document a potential employee may wish to provide as a List B Identity Document. As long as the AB 60 License meets the requirements as stated on Form I-9, it is an acceptable List B Identity Document. The employee must accompany the AB 60 License with a List C document to prove work authorization in order for the company to be in compliance with I-9.

3. Q. What if I refuse to accept an AB 60 License?
A. The refusal to accept a valid I-9 document from an individual may be considered a discriminatory act, especially if it leads to an individual’s inability to work. A company cannot discriminate against individuals based on the use of an AB 60 License. In addition, the company may not assume the individual is undocumented because they have presented an AB 60 License.
If the document is valid on its face and meets the I-9 requirements, then it should be accepted. If an individual presents a valid AB 60 License as a List B Identity Document, it is best to not inquire further as to why it may be a restricted License.

4. Q. When does the revised Form I-9 go into effect?
A. On September 18, 2017, employers should have stated using the revised I-9 form. The new version can be found here. In addition, the USCIS also updated its handbook (here) which provides guidance on how to complete the form.

COUNSEL TO MANAGEMENT:

If your company is given an AB 60 License as a List B Identification document, you must accept the license as long as it contains a photograph of the potential employee and other identifying information such as a name, date of birth, sex, height, etc. Your company must also collect a List C Authorization document along with the AB 60 License.

Do not assume a potential employee’s legal status if they present an AB 60 License. Keep in mind, the purpose of I-9 Forms is work authorization or eligibility to work in the U.S. and not an individual’s immigration status.

Lastly, the revised I-9 form does not change the use of the AB 60 License as a List B Identity document. If you have any questions regarding the use of an AB 60 License or the revised I-9 form, please contact the experts at The Saqui Law Group.

Latest News – ARB Seeks Out Additional Pathways to Reduce Emissions

As the agricultural industry, and many other industries, look down the pipeline of regulations to come from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) it may be quite daunting. We have the Large Spark Ignition rule (aka Forklift Rule), Transportation Refrigeration Unit (TRU) rule in early rule making discussions, the Farm Equipment Rule (aka Tractor Rule) and the truck and bus rule which continually phases out older trucks. But this does not seem to be enough. This past week the CARB held a public workshop in Sacramento to begin discussions of seeking out additional pathways for freight facilities (airports, seaports, railyards, and warehouse/distribution centers) to further reduce emissions. While it was not specifically discussed, CARB staff were instructed at a March 2017 board meeting to return to the board with concepts for an indirect source rule. This simply cannot happen. Before we are able to see the reductions from the programs that are currently in place or being developed CARB is evaluating additional areas to regulate emission reductions. The California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association was represented by Director of Regulatory Affairs Jodi Raley at the workshop. Raley probed CARB staff on what the qualifications and criteria were being outlined to define a “warehouse and distribution center”. CARB currently is identifying nearly 50,000 facilities in the state that could fit this definition, it is the Association’s push to exclude agricultural facilities from this definition. CARB’s plan is to conduct yet another survey effort for any of the applicable facilities. Additionally, Raley made it clear to the staff that our Association remains opposed to applying additional regulations or mitigation measures before we even begin to see the reductions that industry is already having to comply with. Our Association was the only agricultural association to testify at this week’s meeting.

Pink Bollworm Program – Silverleaf Whitefly Monitoring Report

We have already begun to receive reports that whitefly counts are beginning to rise and applications are underway. The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Pink Bollworm Program has released their Silverleaf Whitefly Report for the San Joaquin Valley from July 11, 2017 to August 11, 2017. As we continue through this growing season, we are urging folks to remember the efforts that were discussed at this year’s Sticky Cotton Summit. To be knowledgeable of the current pest pressures and knowing what tools and practices to implement early on will be the key to ensuring there is no sticky cotton in the San Joaquin Valley! We strongly encourage for you to utilize and share with others!

Silverleaf Whitefly Monitoring Report (7/11/2017-8/11/2017) 

 

 

Latest News – Urgent Request Air District Electric ATV Incentive Program

Last week we put out a bulletin notifying our members of a one-time funding opportunity totaling $3 million that the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is providing. This money will solely go towards replacing existing fuel-fired ATVs with electric ATVs. The response has been overwhelming! So much so that the district may provide additional funds to provide more replacements. If you are interested in this opportunity but have not reached out for more information, the time is NOW! Fuel-fired ATVs have the opportunity to be replaced with models including the John Deere Electric Gator, Polaris EV UTV, Xtreme Green Citdael ATV Pro, Textron Recoil or Cushman Hauler Pro-X. The incentive will pay participating recipient 75% of electric UTV to replace the existing fuel-fired ATV.

Anyone who is interested in taking advantage of this opportunity must complete the below spreadsheet and email to Roger Isom at roger@ccgga.org by the end of this week! If you have any questions or would like more information please call Jodi Raley or Roger Isom at (559) 252-0684.

Registration Form

Latest News – Fall Farm & Cotton Harvest Safety Training Class

The annual safety training program is directed to cotton harvest equipment operators, crews and farm employees in conjunction with farm managers/supervisors and growers. This will cover topics that are required for growers (Topics may include road safety, equipment and chemical safety and electrical safety). The training will be held in English and Spanish. Be sure that you indicate on your registration form which training the employee will be attending and whether they will be staying for lunch. Certificates of attendance will be issued. The Safety Training Class will be offered Wednesday, September 20th at the Kings County Fairground from 8:00am to 12:00pm and even includes a delicious lunch. Family Healthcare Network will be on hand from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. to provide free health screenings for participants. Participants must apply by September 15th.

Registration Form

Latest News – Air District Electric ATV Incentive Program

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD), in partnership with our Association, is applying for special one-time grant funding to receive $3 million that will go solely to replace existing fuel fired ATV with electric ATV’s. This special opportunity would replace fuel fired ATVs with models including the John Deere Electric Gator or Polaris EV UTV. The incentive will pay participating recipients 75% of the electric UTV to replace the existing fuel fired ATV, which will be scrapped. We are in a very short time frame to participate in this one-time project. Anyone who is interested in taking advantage of this opportunity must complete the below spreadsheet and email to our office at roger@ccgga.org by the end of next week! If you have any questions please call Jodi Raley or Roger Isom at (559) 252-0684.

Link to spreadsheet

Cotton Harvest Safety Training, Sept 20

The California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association, Fresno County Farm Bureau and Zenith Agribusiness Solutions are presenting the 2017 Cotton Harvest Safety Training on September 20 from 8-10 a.m. at the Westside Research & Extension Center (17353 W. Oakland Ave. Five Points, CA 93624) with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. This annual training is meant to provide education and training to cotton harvest equipment operators, crews, ginners, farm employees as well as farm managers/supervisors and growers. All trainings will be conducted in both English and Spanish. Training will cover equipment safety (preparation and operation), electrical hazards, heat illness prevention and road safety. To register click here or contact Fresno County Farm Bureau at 559-237-0263 or info@fcfb.org.

Pesticides Found to be below Health Concern Level for Second Year in a Row!

For the second year in a row the California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s Air Monitoring Network found all pesticides monitored to be below levels that would indicate a health concern in 2016! DPR monitored 37 different chemicals, made up of 32 pesticides and five breakdown products. Of these different monitored chemicals 12 were not detected at all, 14 were detected at trace levels and 11 were detected at quantifiable levels. Of DPR’s 5,928 analyses 91 percent had no detectable concentrations. Among the chemicals that were detected at “quantifiable concentrations”, 91 percent of these detections were from carbon disulfide. In DPR’s report it is noted that there are no current product registrations for carbon disulfide. DPR notes that it is most likely present due to combustion form industrial facilities or is present due to decomposition occurring in wetland areas. For these reasons, DPR will no longer monitor this chemical.

Full Report-> http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/emon/airinit/amn_2016_report_draft.pdf

Full Press Release-> http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/pressrls/2017/081717.htm

Photo courtesy of CDPR

Association Supports Sites Reservoir Project

In a recent letter of support for the Sites Reservoir Project, the Association stated “After the entire state was crippled by several years of drought, it is increasingly evident that innovative water storage projects are needed. The Sites Project would create an additional 1.8 million acre-feet of storage which would produce up to 500,000 acre-feet of supplies to California’s water system annually. This water would be extremely valuable in helping achieve a more efficient and reliable water supply system. Capturing and capitalizing on years of increased precipitation would not only help keep families and farms in business but it would also generate economic growth, produce jobs and help California achieve ecosystem benefits.”  The letter of support was submitted to the Sites Project Authority for inclusion in their application to the California Water Commission for Proposition 1 Water Storage Investment Program funding.

The Association would like to take this opportunity to apologize to our Sacramento Valley members who might have been taken back by our Latest News Bulletin yesterday.  The Association fully supports both projects and does not favor one project over the other.  This has been conveyed to the California Water Commission (CWC) in letters of support and in testimony to the CWC given by Association President/CEO Roger Isom.  The Association apologizes for the misstatement and wants to assure all of our members that we fully support water storage wherever and whenever we can get it.  It has been, and always will be, a pillar of our efforts and activities.