On Tuesday, the House voted 257-167 to pass legislation already approved by the Senate that will avert the government from going over the so-called “fiscal cliff” by increasing taxes on those making more than $400,000 ($450,000 for couples) along with postponing sequestration cuts for two months.  The agreement also includes a one-year (through Sept. 2013) extension of the 2008 Farm Bill.  Not all programs from the 2008 bill survived however,

Dennis Nuxoll

Irvine, Calif. - Western Growers Foundation, through the generous support of WG Member HMC Farms will offer grants to K-12 schools in the Oakland school district to provide children with an edible, nutritious and educational school garden experience. Grant applications are available now through Jan. 31, 2013. The grants include a check for $1,000, a school garden kit and fruit from HMC Farms.

Stephanie A. Wilken

Scottsdale, Ariz.–At its 87th Annual Meeting Monday, the Western Growers Board of Directors installed Stephen J. Barnard, president and CEO of Mission Produce, Inc. as the new chairman of the organization.  Barnard will take over volunteer leadership responsibilities from outgoing Chairman Mike Jarrard, CEO of Mann Packing Company.

Stephanie A. Wilken

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