Ahead of the next farm bill, the House Agriculture Committee is conducting a series of listening sessions across the country intended to stimulate conversation and gather input from farmers, ranchers and other key stakeholders.

Chairman Michael Conaway (TX-11) and members of the Committee will be in Modesto this Saturday, August 5th, at the ACE Ag Pavilion (Modesto Junior College West Campus). Beginning at 9:00 a.m., any attendee who wishes to speak will have two minutes for comments. Additionally, the Committee will be electronically collecting written testimony.

Cory Lunde

The Western Growers July 2017 Board of Directors Meeting concluded today. From July 25 to 27, WG Board Members gathered in Orange County to guide WG’s actions on state and federal legislative and regulatory priorities impacting Western Growers members, as well as provide feedback on important initiatives being undertaken by the association. Among the issues discussed:

Cory Lunde

Western Growers has collaborated with the California Community College’s Agriculture, Water and Environmental Technologies (AWET) Program to deliver the Agricultural Workforce Development Survey to Western Growers members in San Benito, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and San Mateo.  The goal is to identify current workforce training gaps in the agricultural sector to develop pertinent training programs that meet the needs of the regional businesses.

Stephanie Metzinger

Western Growers will honor David Gill as one of the fresh produce industry’s most distinguished pioneers, when he is presented with the 2017 Award of Honor during Western Growers 92nd Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gill’s achievements and service to the industry will be recognized at the Chairman’s Reception and Award Dinner at the WG Annual Meeting on Monday, October 30, 2017. There, Gill will be honored by his peers, friends and family. Here’s how to attend the ceremony.

Stephanie Metzinger

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