The LA Times’ George Skelton recently wrote a tired column deriding corporate agriculture’s use of water and parroting the talking points of environmental activist groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council. Skelton’s attack on nut and fruit tree growers prompted a swift and blistering attack from Western Growers. The rebuttal, written by WGs’ Director of Strategic Planning and Communications Cory Lunde, was widely circulated on social media channels, including to Mr. Skelton and the LA Times.

Jeff Janas

In recent years, the number of pollinators appears to be in decline due to various factors. Western Growers' members can learn more about current issues surrounding pollinators and best practices to sustain their services during the next Lunch & Learn webinar on April 27.

Pollinators are an essential component of both natural and agricultural ecosystems. While they support biodiversity and habitats, they also play a key role in the production of crops that require pollination—such as the case of most fruits and vegetables.

Stephanie Thara

Western Growers’ Board of Directors are meeting in Sacramento this week to discuss a variety of topics affecting the agriculture industry. Tomorrow, Western Growers Chairman Larry Cox will gavel the meeting to order and committee meetings will follow. The Board will cover issues such as water, labor, food safety, agtech, legislative proposals, trade, and transportation issues. The full board will meet on Thursday to report on their respective discussions and to take up any items passed out of the committees.

Stephanie Thara

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Will this year be The Lost El Niño?

El Niño has already brought major rain and snow to California. But most of it is going straight out to the ocean. Why are we missing this opportunity to recover from the drought?