On June 8, Western Growers and California Farm Water Coalition hosted a farm tour where four bloggers visited ag operations throughout Monterey County to learn what it takes to feed a nation. These lifestyle, mommy and food bloggers had the opportunity to hear about the labor challenges facing agriculture, learn about innovation being developed to help solve the industry’s most pressing issues, see how food gets from the field to the store and interact with the family farmers who grow the food they feed their children every day.

Stephanie Metzinger

Nomination ballots to elect Western Growers Board of Directors to a two-year term encompassing 2019 and 2020 will be emailed to all regular members on June 11, 2018. This is a new electronic balloting process and members are encouraged to complete their electronic ballot promptly on or before June 22, 2018. 

Kim Sherman

Western Growers’ Board of Directors met with nearly 30 key legislative representatives and regulatory officials in Washington, D.C., this week to vocalize the need for immigration reform and hear updates about U.S. trade actions and the farm bill renewal. The Board spent Tuesday speaking with members of the Senate, while Wednesday was dedicated to having discussions with House representatives. 

Stephanie Metzinger

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations to fill 25 positions on its Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). FVIAC was established in 2001 to examine issues facing the fruit and vegetable industry and to provide recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on ways to improve programs to better meet the changing needs of the produce industry.

The Committee’s charter expired in July 2017. However, on Monday, the USDA announced that it will reestablish the FVIAC charter and is in need of committee members to fill all 25 positions.

Matt McInerney

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