WG&S Magazine

From its inception, Ready Pac has steadily positioned itself as a family-oriented trend setter within the produce industry.  The firm was founded in 1969 when Dennis Gertmenian received an urgent request from his father’s largest customer for ready-to-eat salads.  Pressed for time and eager to please the customer, Dennis bought French knives, cutting boards and a bathtub for washing the produce.  He started preparing and delivering his customized orders on a regular basis, and thus, Ready Pac was born.

Fifty Arizona Schools Awarded Garden Grant Money

2014 October 1.

Western Growers Foundation awarded fifty Arizona K-12 schools with $75,000 in grant money to create and sustain their own edible fruit and vegetable gardens.  Each school will receive $1,500 plus seeds and other materials.  The grants were provided through the Arizona Department of Agriculture as part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant.

Why Big Data? It Yields Big Benefits for Growers and Industry

2014 October 1.

Audits for food safety… audits for worker welfare… testing for water quality, etc., etc., etc.   Western Growers consistently trumpets the message that “farmers are the best stewards of the land.”

WG 89th ANNUAL MEETING: Interplay Between Water & Money to be Examined

2014 October 1.

A panel of experts will discuss the interplay between water and money during a workshop that will be held on Nov. 4 at the Western Growers Annual Meeting at The Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Fruit Growers Supply is owned by a co-op of growers.

Fruit Growers Supply Has Long History in Industry Serving Growers

2014 October 1.

More than 100 years ago, the same growers that had gotten together a decade before to form what would become the Sunkist Growers co-op, joined forces once again to form a co-op for the purchasing of wood material for their crates.

President's Notes

Why Big Data? It Yields Big Benefits for Growers and Industry

2014 October 1.

Audits for food safety… audits for worker welfare… testing for water quality, etc., etc., etc.   Western Growers consistently trumpets the message that “farmers are the best stewards of the land.”

Agriculture And The Law

The Developing Labor Law

2014 October 1.

The Developing Labor Law is the title of a legal treatise that labor law practitioners have relied on for more than 30 years.  I have a well-worn copy on my bookshelf.

Insurance Corner

BUSINESS INSURANCE Setting & Reducing the Rates

2014 August 1.

It happens every year just before renewal time — business owners wait in fear of increases in their insurance premiums.  Rarely do premiums go down.

Director Profile

Steve Danna

Is Farming like Baseball? “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

2013 September 4.

Steve Danna is a fourth-generation farmer who grew up on a farm and farms today with his brother, Joseph, and his Aunt Dee.  He went to an agriculture school, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, so it all makes sense.