According to The Packer, the National Steinbeck Center named Lorri Koster, of Mann Packing, Ag Leader of the Year at the 10th annual Valley of the World awards in Salinas on May 8.  Koster is the chairwoman and CEO of Mann Packing, a Western Growers’ member company.   Susan Gill of Rio Farms, another WG member company, served as the Steinbeck’s Center event chairperson.

Jeff Janas

During these periods of high heat, Western Growers can never remind members enough about the need to protect workers from the devastating effects of heat exposure.  Please remember these key points of compliance with the Heat Illness Prevention Standard:

  • Water -- 1 quart per worker per hour, with a plan for replenishment throughout the work shift
  • Shade -- enough for 25% of the crew working at the location; use of natural shade is acceptable if no shadow is cast; air-conditioned vehicles are acceptable; provided at all times when temperature exceeds 85 degrees
  • Rest -- allow workers to rest in shade if they feel the need for no less than 5 minutes
  • Training -- workers & supervisors must be trained about heat illness and emergency response procedures before being exposed to heat
  • High-Heat Procedures -- ensure effective communications in case of emergency; observe employees carefully for signs of heat illness remind employees to drink water throughout the shift; closely supervise un-acclimatized employees for first 14 days of exposure to high heat


Greg Nelson

California Governor Jerry Brown received a letter this week signed by thirty-four agriculture organizations, including Western Growers, asking him not to use the budget process to fundamentally change the state's groundwater laws.  The agriculture organizations stressed that rushing groundwater legislation was unnecessary and that doing so would conflict with sound public process and might create unintended consequences.

Dave Puglia


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