Jeana Cadby
Western Growers, Environment and Climate Director

Posts By: Jeana Cadby

Growing the Global Network: Western Growers Visits New Zealand and Australia

Our mission was simple: Foster international collaboration for biologicals and identify innovation opportunities to support specialty crop production back home. This past February, Dennis Donohue and I traveled to New Zealand and Australia to advance biological inputs for specialty crops at a global scale, enhance partnerships with our agricultural allies, and get a front seat view at developing…

Western Growers Science Organizes Nexus of Soil Health and AgTech Field Day at Braga Fresh

Western Growers Science hosted a field day in collaboration with Braga Fresh on the topic of the Nexus of Soil Health and AgTech, which highlighted innovative technologies and fresh produce production practices that elevate soil health. The event was well attended (+85) and facilitated industry ag tech networking as well as highlighted several WG members who are working in this space. The day…

The Nexus of Soil Health and Agtech: Field Day at Braga Fresh

Join us for “The Nexus of Soil Health and Agtech” field day on Tuesday, March 12th at the Braga Barn in Soledad, California from 9am-3pm. Lunch will be provided. Soil health and the soil microbiome is critically important to the future of sustainable agriculture. Agtech can support growers to make informed decisions when considering practices to improve soil health and support the soil…

Accelerating Groundwater Recharge Opportunities

Extended and extreme periods of drought driven by climate change have placed a high demand on groundwater resources in the western United States. Despite a water windfall this year, consecutive years of drought have led to declining groundwater levels in the west. Many stakeholders are looking to groundwater recharge as an effective strategy to replenish water supplies. Simply put,…

Exotic Fruit Fly Quarantines in California

This is a continuously updated post to follow up on our previous post, Unusually High Exotic Fruit Fly Season in California Jump to Resources Jump to Impacted Crops If you encounter an Exotic Fruit Fly: Call the CDFA Exotic Pest Hotline at 1 (800) 491-1899. Do not collect the specimen yourself. Rather, contact your local ag commissioners office, they will collect the sample and…

The Nexus of Soil Health and Agtech: Field Day at Braga Fresh on March 12th

Join us and discover “The Nexus of Soil Health and Agtech.” This field day will be held on Tuesday, March 12th at the Braga Barn in Soledad, California from 9am-3pm. Lunch will be provided. Sign up here. Soil health and the soil microbiome is critically important to the future of sustainable agriculture. Agtech can support growers to make informed decisions when considering practices…

Sustainable Pest Management is Here. What’s Next?

By now, you have probably heard about the Sustainable Pest Management (SPM) Roadmap, but in case you’ve been busy, here is a recap: The SPM roadmap was released in January 2023 and lays out a framework to eliminate and/or significantly reduce the use of pesticides in California by 2050 and extends ongoing efforts to decrease pesticide use throughout the state.   The roadmap leverages a…

Exotic Fruit Fly Emergency Funds Awarded More Than $100 Million

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will use more than $100 million in emergency funding to increase response efforts to address known outbreaks of Exotic Fruit Flies in California and preventive activities in other susceptible areas in the United States. Emergency funds of $103.5 million awarded from the Commodity Credit Corporation will be applied to address known…

Exotic Fruit Fly FAQ Available for Growers

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has released FAQ for growers and residents within Exotic Fruit Fly (EFF) quarantine areas. Western Growers has provided this FAQ document to include additional relevant information for growers. This FAQ document is an outcome of CDFAs Exotic Fruit Fly Task Force, of which Western Growers is a member. Additionally, this FAQ will be…

Exotic Fruit Fly Meetings – Weekly Updates from CDFA through December

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will host regular exotic fruit fly updates to keep industry stakeholders informed on the dynamic Exotic Fruit Fly season. Virtual meetings will continue weekly for the remainder of the year, taking place on Fridays from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. PDT. These are not media briefings but opportunities to answer questions from industry and impacted…

Grower Resource for Comprehensive Exotic Fruit Fly Crisis Developments

California is experiencing an unusually high population of exotic fruit flies this season. Due to these unique circumstances, Western Growers has created a centralized web page to provide growers with updates on this continuously evolving situation for all exotic fruit flies with active quarantines in California. This web page was developed in collaboration with CDFA, and it describes ongoing…

Exotic Fruit Fly Quarantines Expanded in California

This is a developing issue. Please check back regularly for more updates or follow here. If you have questions about a fruit fly quarantine/eradication, or if you think you have fruits and vegetables infested with fruit fly larvae, call the CDFA Exotic Pest Hotline at 1 (800) 491-1899. November 6, 2023, Update: The Oriental Fruit Fly Quarantine Boundary has been expanded in San…

Unusually High Exotic Fruit Fly Season in California

California is experiencing an unusually high population of exotic fruit flies this season. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has issued local quarantine and eradication measures to prevent statewide spread of the Tau Fly and the Oriental Fruit Fly. From the CDFA website, “Exotic fruit flies are of concern to the agriculture industry in California. The larval…

WG Science: A Plan of Action for Sustainability and Resiliency

For anyone who desires such an impossible task, irrigated agriculture will readily bestow the challenge of farming in an increasingly hotter, drier landscape, with the stipulation of decreasing water and crop inputs for the foreseeable future. Despite this impossibility, our growers continue to build healthy soils and pioneer innovative solutions, while providing safe, affordable and nutritious…

Western Growers Provides Comments to Address Issues Related to Vulnerable Species Pilot Project

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed its Vulnerable Species Pilot Project (VSPP) and Western Growers, through its association with the Minor Crop Farmer Alliance (MCFA) and the Pesticide Policy Coalition, has made comments to the EPA to address issues related to the Pilot Project. The Pilot Project identifies 27 species throughout the U.S. that the EPA has identified as…

Climate Smart Farming Webinar, Learnings and Insights

This past week, Western Growers hosted a webinar highlighting two USDA Climate Smart Farming Grant awardees and invited CDFA to talk about California Climate-Smart Framing initiatives and other grower resources. USDA’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities, or Climate Smart Farming Grants, provide funding for partners to implement large-scale pilot projects that create market…