Members of the Western Growers’ Board of Directors are convening on Capitol Hill this week for the annual Washington, D.C. Board meeting.  Members will be meeting with administration officials as well as lawmakers and staff from both the House and Senate to discuss issues critical to the agriculture industry.  Tops on the list of issues:  immigration reform and water issues.

Dennis Nuxoll

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that $1.5 million in funding will be made available to expand bio-control efforts to fight Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening.  Agriculture Secretary Vilsack created a Huanglongbing multi-agency coordination group (HLB MAC Group) in December.  This is the first funding for these efforts made available by the group.   The HLB MAC Group serves to coordinate and prioritize Federal research with industry's efforts to complement and fill research gaps, reduce unnecessary duplication, speed progress, and more quickly provide practical tools for citrus growers to use.  It also fosters greater coordination among federal and state agencies in responding to citrus greening.

Jeff Janas

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

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