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November 08 2018

first_imgNovember 08 , 2018 You might also be interested in Felix Instruments launches “major upgrade” to avoc … The Association of Producers, Packers and Exporters of Avocado in Mexico (APEAM) says that disruptions to Michoacan operations are continuing despite an agreement having been reached during talks earlier this week.Last week, hundreds of growers who are unhappy with the prices they were being paid by packers paralyzed harvesting and packing operations by blocking roads with vehicles.They are seeking to establish a minimum price for the fruit, but APEAM says that such a move would be illegal because competition laws in both Mexico and the U.S. allow for free trade between individuals.Growers have also been protesting against fruit grown in other parts of the country being exported illegally from the Michoacan to the U.S.In a statement, APEAM said that during a meeting on Tuesday with growers and representatives of the government agency the Federal Competition Commission (COFECE), an agreement was reached to end the roadblocks and to meet again later this week.However, it said that some growers have failed to comply. As a result, APEAM said that operations have been halted indefinitely for safety reasons.”APEAM has decided to stay out of the conflict since after listing to what was said by the group of non-conforming growers and having listened to the recommendation of the COFECE, it is evident that this related to a trade issue between individuals,” it said.”In this sense, the association, adhering to its statutes, is refraining from participating in what is clearly an illegal act with severe legal and criminal penalties, the intention to try and fix and manipulate the price of avocados.”Local media Mexico News Daily reports that the strikes are costing the industry 85 million pesos (US$4.3 million) a day.It said that more than 1,000 producers stopped work and set up checkpoints on highways in 11 municipalities last week. The producers on strike are reportedly asking for a minimum price of 35 pesos (US$1.75) per kilo. Del Rey sees amazing opportunity in Peru … Image of peculiar ‘long neck’ avocado goes viral … U.S. eases Colombian Hass avocado import requireme … last_img read more

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New Program Announced – Bend Lifetime Leaders

first_img Twitter Email By CBN (Photo | Courtesy of Bend Chamber)The Bend Chamber of Commerce is seeking applications for the first cohort of the Bend Lifetime Leaders Program. The application period closes on May 10, 2019.Designed for retired individuals who seek to share their wealth of experience in a significant capacity, Bend Lifetime Leaders will help participants develop a vision for the next chapter in their lives and ignite their unique leadership potential. Each session’s environment will be one of peer-learning and facilitated discussions with two outstanding instructors, Jim Schell and Tom Carlsen, MD. Outside speakers and hands-on exercises will allow for active engagement on class days.“Central Oregon is filled with talented individuals who have retired here from all over the country,” said program instructor Jim Schell. “Bend Lifetime Leaders allows them to learn about Bend’s unique challenges, opportunities and culture and then invest their decades of experience within our community.”Applicant Kathy Sabatier perfectly captured the spirit and intent of the Lifetime Leader Program, when she remarked, “I am so pleased to have relocated to Bend, and, even nine months in, I feel like fit here. Because this is a new permanent home, it is important for me to make meaningful connections and contributions. I see retirement not as a retreat into idleness, but as a time in life when I have more freedom to choose how to spend my time. I am pleased to be nearer to my children and grandchildren and enjoy helping them to grow and develop. I would like to contribute to the growth and development of Bend as well.”As part of the program, participants will:Explore the concept of lifetime leadershipUnderstand the nature of local government and community collaborationsDefine passion and purpose for community service and volunteeringLook outward to the Bend community for opportunities for civic awareness, community engagement and volunteer connections.Build a personal network of community-minded colleaguesJoin a network of over 500 Leadership Bend program graduates over 26 years — from business, government and nonprofit sectorsBetween June 5 and August 14, class members will meet every other week for a total of five sessions of three hours each. Tuition is $300, and includes all required materials.For information and to apply go to bendchamber.org/lifetime-leaders or call Talena Barker at 541-382-3221.bendchamber.org Tumblr Facebook Share. New Program Announced – Bend Lifetime Leaders center_img Business & Industry, E-Headlines Google+ 0 LinkedIn Pinterest on May 2, 2019last_img read more