In response to an increasing interest in solar energy systems from our members, Western Growers Science and Technology staff have assembled a list of subject matter experts who understand the marketplace and work directly with solar vendors that have been independently vetted for projects in the agricultural sector.  These experts work with credible solar vendors and can provide reliable information on financing and leasing arrangements.

Sonia Salas

As part of the Western Growers Transportation Program, CH Robinson has introduced a Market Update – Supply and Demand document for shippers designed to connect them with important market information and business planning tools.  The Market Update focuses on “Factors Impacting Today’s Transportation Industry.  Topics include large scale market indicators, carrier capacity, driver shortages, and government regulations.  The document also provides best practice tips on how to make freight more attractive to carriers.

Matt McInerney

If you want to contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act program office, you will have to update your contact information.  According to the Packer, the PACA National License Center has moved to USDA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The center’s direct phone line is (202) 260-8556, and fax is (202) 260-8575. Staff e-mails remain the same as does the general e-mail at The offices are now located with the USDA’s Dispute Resolution Branch and the Investigative Enforcement Branch.

Tom Oliveri

On Monday, May 19, 2014, Mexico -- in a long-awaited move -- expanded marketing opportunities for U.S. potatoes.  Prior to this action, U.S. potato exports were limited to Mexican markets that were within 26 kilometers (16 miles) of the U.S. border.  Although this action opens up the Mexican market for U.S. potato growers -- except for potatoes that are destined for processing -- there are specific limitations on the expanded market.

Ken Gilliland


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