U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the addition of shelled almonds and fresh sweet cherries to the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. 

Starting Monday (Sept. 24), producers of shelled almonds and fresh sweet cherries may apply for Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.

Cory Lunde

Bayer, a platinum sponsor of Western Growers 93rd Annual Meeting, is hosting a Youth Ag Summit on November 4 – 6, 2019, and is looking for youth to participate. The 2019 Youth Ag Summit will take place in Brasilia, Brazil, where 100 people between the ages of 18 and 25 from across the globe will come together to discuss potential solutions to global agricultural challenges.

Bayer -- Crop Science Division hopes to recruit four delegates to represent the United States. Western Growers encourages members to share this opportunity with eligible candidates.

Stephanie Metzinger

With California on course to increase minimum wage to $15 by 2022, labor-saving technologies were top of mind during Western Growers AgTechx – Delano Summit on Tuesday.

“Those of us who use a lot of hand process and human-dictated procedures are going to be increasingly replaced by the guys who get an automated solution first,” said John Pandol of Pandol Brothers during the event. “Because they will be [operating] cheaper. They will be better. That’s where we might lose out, and that’s where the urgency comes from.”

Hank Giclas


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