California Grape & Tree Fruit Association’s Top 10 Issues In 2014

The California Grape & Tree Fruit League’s Board of Directors were surveyed regarding the top issues in order of priority for 2014. Here are the results of what the directors ranked for the 2014 Top Ten Issues (list ranked in order of priority):

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1. Immigration Reform/Enforcement/E-Verify/I-9 Audits (#1 in 2013)
2. Labor Laws and Regulations/ALRA/OSHA (#2 in 2013)
3. Water Supply Issues (#4 in 2013)
4. Health Care Mandates/Affordable Care Act (#5 in 2013)
5. Labor Costs/Minimum Wage Increase Impacts (#3 in 2013)
6. Invasive Pest Issues/Quarantine Costs and Impacts (#6 in 2013)
7. Water Quality Regulations (nitrogen, salts, etc.) (#10 in 2013)
8. Workers’ Compensation Costs (#7 in 2013)
9. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) (#8 in 2013)
10. Air Quality Regulations/Fees/Costs (#9 in 2013)

Health care and water quality regulations have both been trending higher the past three years, likely resulting from implementation from the federal Affordable Care Act and water quality regulations.