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Changes mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill require producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation Certification (WC) with their local Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Agricultural employers face a one-hour premium pay penalty for non-compliant "heat recovery periods." Learn more.

On July 11, 2014, the House of Representatives passed HR 4718 (258-160) — the bill that provides a permanent bonus depreciation that could provide tax relief benefits to California avocado growers.

According to an article in the Washington Post, representatives from both parties feel immigration reform is unlikely until after President Obama leaves office.

On May 29, 2014, the House Ways and Means Committee marked up six different tax bills, including one that provides benefits for avocado growers.

On May 20, both the House and Senate appropriations passed fiscal year 2015 spending bills for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Related Agencies.

On February 4, 2014, the Senate approved the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) by a bipartisan 68-32 vote. The Farm Bill will now be sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill.

Highlights from the Farm Bill include: 

Republicans have distributed a one-page document outlining immigration reform principles. Read the following article for a summary of those principles, and reactions from interested parties.

Over the last two years, a series of bills concerning immigration reform have been proposed — none have passed both the House and Senate. Despite the lack of progress, recent actions by House Speaker John Boehner have insiders speculating that immigration reform could be possible in 2014.

Members of the House and Senate agriculture committees are expected to begin Farm Bill negotiations this week, with the biggest stumbling block likely to be proposed cuts to the food stamp program. Passage of the Farm Bill is important to California avocado growers as it provides funding for programs such as the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), the Clean Plant Network and invasive pest research and initiatives.


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