School is a lot more than learning the three R’s these days for pupils at McCabe Union Elementary School in El Centro, Calif. With the recent addition of its school garden (aptly named “Friendship Garden”), school officials and staff are using cutting-edge technology to help the Kindergarten through Third graders learn all about fruits and veggies.

Paula Olson

At a time when immigration reform, food safety, water quality regulations, government over-regulation and other threats and opportunities face the fresh produce industry, Western Growers is helping to support a new generation of leaders. Hailing from California, nine future leaders met this week for the beginning of two-year adventure in the Western Growers Future Volunteer Leaders Program.

Wendy Fink-Weber

In recent weeks, federal fish agencies have sharply curtailed Delta pumping operations that deliver water to farms and cities south of the Delta, citing the need to protect the threatened Delta smelt.  More than 700,000 acre feet of water that could have been stored in San Luis Reservoir near Los Banos for later use by cities and farms has instead been diverted to the ocean.  Pumping levels were reduced from approximately 15,000 cubic feet per second to only 2,000 cubic feet per second in December.

Dave Puglia


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