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.

SWEET! Cantaloupe Breeding Breakthrough Leads to Sweeter Melon

2014 October 1.

A characteristic has been added to the standard Western Shipper cantaloupe that keeps the melon on the vine through the ripening process resulting in a more uniform harvest, and, most importantly, leads to a sweeter melon.

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.

Assemblyman Mark Stone

California Assemblyman Mark Stone representing Santa Cruz and surrounding communities

2014 October 1.

Mark Stone was part of the huge freshman class that was elected to the State Assembly in 2012.  Prior to that he was on the board of supervisors for Santa Cruz County and also served on the California Coastal Commission.

DEAR JON: Seasonal Worker Status Explained

2014 October 1.

I am a health insurance agent and have a client, ABC Farms, that has a health benefit plan with Western Growers Assurance Trust.  ABC Farms has operations in the Central Valley of California and in Yuma, AZ, and has 500 employees.  In Yuma, the employer hires about 50 employees just for the seasonal winter vegetable harvest, which lasts four months.  Is ABC Farms required to provide coverage under Obamacare to the seasonal Yuma hires?  And what if some of the seasonal employees travel to the Central Valley and continue working after the winter season concludes?

President's Notes

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.

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.