The Western Growers Family of Companies mourns the passing of former board member Tom D. Bengard, patriarch of Bengard Ranch and a beloved agricultural industry veteran.

Tom came from a family of true agricultural pioneers in the Salinas Valley. His grandparents, James Bardin and Wes Eade, journeyed to California in the late 1800s in search of rich farming and grazing land. A little less than 100 years later, grandchildren Tom and Terry Bengard established Tom Bengard Ranch, Inc. in 1961 as a grower-shipper operation.

Michelle Rivera

Do you have a farm dog? Or a barn cat? Or a cat that thinks it is a barn cat despite living a life of unimaginable luxury? Western Grower & Shipper Magazine wants your pet photos!

WG&S is starting a new feature where we will run photos in the magazine that show off our members' favorite working animals - and, frankly, we'll take pics of your lazy animals, too. A selection of photos will be included in each upcoming issue.

Ann Donahue

Western Growers and global agritech consultancy Wharf42 are pleased to announce the 2023 Salinas Biological Summit will be held on June 20-21 in Salinas, Calif.

The two-day summit will bring together growers, scientists, researchers, startups, investors and industry experts from all over the word to discuss international solutions for improving soil and plant health, address scalable opportunities in the biological space and get a better understanding of the challenges facing growers across the entire specialty crop domain.

Michelle Rivera

An Amici Curiae brief has been filed on behalf of seven agricultural trade associations, including Western Growers Association, Ventura County Agricultural Association, Grower-Shipper Association of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County, Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, California Strawberry Commission and the California Fresh Fruit Association.  The legal brief is intended to oppose the appeal filed by the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation from a U.S. District Court ruling decided in favor of Red Blossom, Inc.

Jason Resnick

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