WG&S Magazine

WG Inks Deal with Colorado Growers

In late February, Western Growers CEO and President Tom Nassif signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) to form a strategic alliance between the two trade associations.

Sakata Farms in Brighton, Co, is a family affair.

Thriving in the Centennial State

2015 April 1.

Bob Sakata, the patriarch and founding father of Sakata Farms Inc., Brighton, Colo., grew up in California and first began farming in the Golden State.  However, World War II led to his internment in a camp and negated the start of his farming career.  After the war ended, Bob Sakata moved to Colorado and started anew.

FOSTERING INNOVATION: Thrive Accelerator Prompting New Technologies

2015 April 1.

The Thrive Accelerator program, which was launched last July to foster innovation in the agricultural sector, reached a milestone in early March when 10 of the most innovative firms gave 20 minute presentations of their business ideas to a panel of judges.

Tax Reform in California? Brace for Impact.

2015 April 1.

Get ready to hear a lot about tax reform in California, but be warned:  What most taxpayers would think of as reform may not be what we see from the California Legislature and the many interest groups that want to increase state spending.  They will use the word “reform” all day long, which in a technical sense may be correct.  Taking the system as it is, and changing it to something fundamentally different, is to re-form it.  Reform can refer to a process, but it’s more important to focus on reform as a policy outcome.

Assemblyman Bill Dodd

California Assemblyman Bill Dodd representing the 4th District, including the Napa Valley and surrounding communities

2015 April 1.

Bill Dodd, who was a member of the Napa County Board of Supervisor for 14 years, was elected to the Assembly in his first run for the office in November of 2014.  He is a Democrat having switched party affiliation in 2013.

President's Notes

Whittier Elementary School kids planting a garden.

Spring Arrives With New Lessons

2015 April 1.

Spring is here! Hopefully the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and you are ready to plant your spring garden!

Agriculture And The Law

Get Ready for Changes to California’s Heat Illness Prevention Regulation

2015 April 1.

On February 20, 2015, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopted an amendment to the state Heat Illness Prevention (HIP) regulation, changing the requirements for potable water, shade, cool-down periods, high-heat procedures, emergency preparedness, acclimatization, training, and HIP plans.  The board is seeking a May 1 effective date from the Office of Administrative Law which has 30 days to review the rulemaking record to determine whether the Board has satisfied the procedural requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act.

Insurance Corner

Homeowner’s & Business Coverage Share Basic Review Needs

2015 April 1.

There are many different types of insurance policies — so many that it can be confusing to determine which policy you should buy to properly cover your personal belongings or your business assets.

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.