The next stop in the AgTechX Ed series of events co-hosted by Western Growers and the California Department of Food and Agriculture is open for registration.

The half-day AgTechX Ed Summit at Woodland Community College on June 1 will be comprised of three panels, in addition to several keynote addresses, covering topics including: industry issues and skill identification; education and workforce development strategies; and current and future workforce needs on the farm.

Ann Donahue

We are pleased to announce the 96th Western Growers Annual Meeting will be held at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas November 2-5, 2022.

Attended by key decision-makers from Western Growers member companies, the Annual Meeting brings growers, shippers and processors together with allies and suppliers in the fresh produce industry. Be sure to join us for top notch entertainment, education and networking opportunities. Early bird registration is expected to open mid-June.

Kim Sherman

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that the application period is open for its Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) and Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP).

Both programs are intended to help growers and handlers who are certified organic, as well as growers and handlers who are transitioning to organic production.

OTECP covers: 

Dennis Nuxoll

AB 2183 (Stone) is the latest attempt by the United Farm Workers to implement card check legislation in California. The bill was voted out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee yesterday and is now on the Assembly Floor.

This bill was introduced early in 2022 despite the veto of the previous bill on this subject, AB 616 (Stone), by Governor Gavin Newsom last year. WG has been very active in opposition to the bill.

Matthew Allen

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