The importance of the family business cannot be overstated. Meet California and Arizona family farmers, who have the desire and passion to sustain their land and continue the legacy through generations. Meet employees of family farmers, who have become family. California and Arizona farmers grow more than 50% of the produce found in grocery stores in America. From our family to yours
In its video series “Growing California,” the California Department of Food and Agriculture profiles WG Member Gill’s Onions. The video shows how one of the largest, family-owned onion producers in the country grew throughout the last three decades and how they turn waste into renewable energy.
On a rainy day in late March, Drew and Chelsea (McClarty) Ketelsen of HMC Farms and I made a whirlwind tour around Oakland, Calif. The McClartys had donated $10,000 to the Foundation and, after a rigorous application process, Western Growers Foundation awarded several Oakland schools $1,000 each to grow and sustain their fruit and vegetable garden.
For several years now, Hank Giclas, Western Growers senior vice president of science, technology and strategic planning, has had a vision for a web-based platform that could help growers accumulate, store and regurgitate the data they need to provide to both government officials and the buyer community about the products they grow and ship.
Hostile water legislation that would have created Regional Water Augmentation Authorities (RWAA) with broad powers was held in the Arizona House Ag & Water Committee late Tuesday evening. Western Growers led a coalition of farmers and businesses along with the City of Yuma, County Supervisors and ag industry representatives united in opposition to the bill.
In a November 19 61-page report to Secretary Tom Vilsack from the USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture, also called AC21, members “acknowledge the premise that American agriculture production practices are diverse in nature and the need for enhancing coexistence between all sectors of agriculture is important. American farmers have the right to make the best choices for their own farms, including the choice to grow GE crops, the choice to grow IP, non-GE, or organic crops, the choice to practice different agricultural management systems, and the choice to grow crops with new functional traits.
Governor Jerry Brown signed WG-supported legislation into law that will allow farmers and other members of the public to communicate directly with individual members of the state and regional water quality control boards.
One bipartisan group of Senators cosponsored a bill to help reduce regulations on farmers. U.S. Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced legislation Sept. 20 that would eliminate a costly and redundant EPA regulation on pesticides.