The California avocado industry is comprised of dedicated farmers, who take pride in growing and harvesting premium California Avocados. It is a dynamic industry, shaped by a multitude of ever-changing factors, including water, legislation, pests and diseases, crop-and-market statistics, regulations and more. The California Avocado Commission is dedicated to advocating on behalf of California avocado growers to help ensure that the best interests of growers are represented in the diverse array of industry issues.

Industry Advocacy News

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Trainings, December 5 and December 7, 2017

  • Nov 16, 2017

Sunkist Growers has scheduled two Produce Safety Rule training opportunities. Learn more.

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Ventura County Groundwater Forum

  • Nov 07, 2017

The Farm Bureau of Ventura County is hosting the “Countdown to Sustainability: Ventura County’s Groundwater Forum,” which will focus on Ventura County’s progress in implementing requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

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Results of Ag Labor Survey Released

  • Oct 28, 2017

The California Farm Bureau Federation has released the findings from its Agricultural Labor Availability Survey 2017 online. Fifty-five percent of all respondents had experienced employee shortages and of those reporting shortages, 36 percent were tree fruit growers. Learn more about the survey results.

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ICE Plans to Increase Workplace Enforcement Actions, Update on Immigration Legislation

  • Oct 27, 2017

As reported recently, the Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan announced that he has instructed Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the investigative unit of ICE, to increase work site enforcement “by four to five times." It’s important as an employer that you are following all existing labor laws for all your employees and are aware of your legal...

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FDA Considering Extending Timelines for FSMA Water Testing Requirements

  • Sep 15, 2017

Based on input from the produce industry, including the California Avocado Commission, the Food and Drug Administration has re-opened the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule-making process to consider amending the Produce Safety and the Preventive Controls for Human Foods Rules.  

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Colombia Gains U.S. Access for Hass Avocado

  • Aug 15, 2017

On August 15, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published a final rule to allow fresh Hass avocado fruit from Colombia into the continental United States. 

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