Western Growers wishes to extend its condolences to the family and friends of David Martella, a Western Growers’ member who passed away on September 13, 2016. David was owner of the Salinas-based Martella Farming Company and was an independent grower for Tanimiura & Antle and a consultant for Ippolito International.

He attended California State University, Fresno graduating with a bachelor's degree in Ag Business in 1985. 

A celebration of life will take place on tomorrow on Friday, September 16th at 3 p.m. at the Corral de Tierra Country Club.

Jeff Janas

Last week, the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA) announced it received a grant from the Arizona Iceburg Lettuce Research Council (AILRC) for the collection, production, and dissemination of lettuce disease research results. Disease control and management was cited as the highest priority area of research focus by the industry according to a recent AILRC Survey.     

Jeff Janas

Yesterday, Western Growers and C.H. Robinson hosted a Giving Day to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Western Growers Transportation Program. The national event used C.H. Robinson’s Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, hub and transportation system to collect and distribute 240,000 pounds of produce donations made by Western Growers’ members to Feeding America locations across the country.

Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, providing food to 46 million low-income Americans every year.

Jeff Janas



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