IRVINE, Calif. (March 3, 2011) – U.S. and Mexico governments announced an agreement in principle today to provide a path to concluding the nearly two-year-long dispute of the Cross Border Trucking Pilot Program. Once the agreement is finalized, it will have a positive impact on the fresh produce industry—particularly producers of lettuce, pears, grapes, strawberries, apricots and almonds—as it could significantly reduce tariffs on produce shipped to Mexico. Since the dispute began growers in California and Arizona have seen sales to Mexico decline.

Wendy Fink-Weber

IRVINE, Calif. (March 3, 2011)–At a time when budget cuts, invasive pests, government over-regulation and other issues threaten the region’s fresh produce industry, helping to support a new generation of leaders is even more important. Hailing from California and Arizona, eight future leaders met today for the Western Growers Future Volunteer Leaders Program.

Wendy Fink-Weber

IRVINE, CA. (Feb. 10, 2011)

Western Growers has hired Mikel Pak as the communications manager in its headquarters office in Irvine. Pak brings more than five years of experience as a journalist and communications professional. She was a business newspaper reporter in North Carolina and also worked in the communications and media relations department at The Council of State Governments, a trade association reaching more than 20,000 state government leaders and others in all three branches of government.

Wendy Fink-Weber

Nassif Testifies Before Congress on Burdensome Regulations

IRVINE, CA. (Feb. 9, 2011)

Farmers suffer under the burden of government over-regulation. And it doesn’t just hurt America’s fresh produce industry, the consequences stretch to the country’s overall economy. Tom Nassif, president and CEO of Western Growers will take that message to Washington, D.C., to testify at a Feb. 10 hearing before the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee chaired by Congressman Darrell Issa from California. The hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. EST in 2167 Rayburn.

Wendy Fink-Weber

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