A class action lawsuit against a large Washington state fruit and vegetable grower is moving forward after a ruling by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel affirmed a lower court opinion allowing 600 Yakima Valley farmworkers to sue the Mercer Canyons operation as a class. .The workers claim Mercer didn’t tell them about H-2A jobs that were available for $12 an hour, preventing them from seeking employment at that pay rate. The appeals court said the workers had a reasonable claim. A trial in the case will be scheduled later.

After Donald Trump’s heralded visit to Mexico last week, agri-pulse reports the candidate summarizied his message to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on NAFTA. Trump said: “I shared my strong view that NAFTA has been a far greater benefit to Mexico than it has been to the United States and that it must be improved upon to make sure that workers, and so important, in both countries benefit from fair and reciprocal trade.” -

Buyers from China have committed to buy nearly $1.8 billion worth of U.S. soy products, totaling 146 million bushels of U.S. soybeans. The U.S. Soybean Export Council announced the commitments this week.