Last Friday, Governor Newsom released his 2020-2021 state budget proposal, the largest budget ever at $222.2 billion. The governor will now work with the California Legislature over the next several months to address questions about the proposal and to negotiate significant additions or removals of programs and associated funding. The state budget must be passed by midnight on June 15th.

The governor continues to prioritize the environment and water policy in his budget. Highlights for Western Growers members include:

Matthew Allen

As a benefit to Regular shipping members of Western Growers (WG), the Trade Practices & Commodity Services department has assisted members in consultation on sales contracts since 1966. This guidance and education of rights and remedies available to sellers of perishable commodities has been invaluable. As a direct result of this obtainable service, several million dollars per annual calendar year are recovered for WG regular members and millions more saved by members because of a phone call to WG.

Bryan Nickerson

As part of Western Growers’ continued commitment to offering its members exclusive resources, we are proud to announce that the 2020 Compensation and HR Practices survey is now open for participation. This unique opportunity to help drive our industry forward with crucial workforce data is offered only to Western Growers members.

Karen Timmins


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