The California Fresh Fruit Association’s Board of Directors was surveyed in January 2022, ranking the top issues for the year. Here are the results:
- Water Supply Availability & Curtailment
- Increasing Wage Costs (Base/Minimum Wages/Overtime Thresholds)
- Groundwater Management Requirements (SGMA)
- Federal Immigration Policies Addressing Current & Future Labor Forces
- Health Care Costs (Policy Costs/Paid Sick Leave)
- Labor Regulatory Compliance
- Rising Fuel & Energy Costs
- New Taxes (Commercial & Corporate)
- Workers’ Compensation Costs
- Federal & State Food Safety Compliance Requirements
CFFA has received a strong assessment of the issues the California fresh fruit industry will grapple with during the 2022 season. As we saw in 2021, Association members will continue to be impacted by water supply availability, increasing costs of production, and the pressure of operating in a state with a heavy regulatory environment. Industry members remain committed to producing healthy and high-quality fresh produce for consumers both within the United States and globally.
As the fresh fruit industry continues to evolve and change, CFFA will continue to adjust its focus to best meet the needs of membership. Association staff acknowledges issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to have an influence on all advocacy efforts that the organization undertakes in 2022.