Farmer Veteran Coalition, a national nonprofit organization that assists military veterans embarking on careers in agriculture, will host a Veteran Career Fair April 19, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Satellite Student Union aboard California State University, Fresno. The event provides a public platform to allow the Coalition to continue building on its mission to mobilize veterans to feed America, especially as the national unemployment rate among veterans continues to climb.

Jeff Janas

Late last week, Western Growers and the New Mexico Chile Association (NMCA) announced the formation of a strategic partnership following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that allows each party to coordinate on business matters and policy issues of mutual interest.

Under the terms of the agreement, all NMCA members that grow, distribute, or manufacture fresh chiles will become members of Western Growers and have access to select services. The agreement does not include New Mexico state advocacy or other state activities.

Jeff Janas

Last Friday, Western Growers teamed with partner Arizona agriculture organizations to host an agricultural tour for a bi-partisan group of legislative interns from the Arizona House and Senate. The tour, which took place at facilities west of downtown Phoenix, is an annual event designed to educate up-and-coming young professionals on the importance of agriculture in Arizona.

Jeff Janas

Chairman Sammy Duda, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, concluded the 2017 March Board Meeting in Sacramento, California, Thursday afternoon. During the three-day meeting, the 44-member board engaged with key state officials – including Governor Jerry Brown and California Department of Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross – on critical industry issues and deliberated Western Growers’ public policy priorities.

The following is a summary of the major issues discussed during the committee meetings and addressed by the full board:

Cory Lunde

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