Western Growers has long advocated for Congress to take action on immigration reform in order to provide members with a legal and reliable workforce. We will continue to work toward meaningful solutions critical to the needs of our industry and the nation.

However, because of Washington’s intractable political climate, we have broadened our efforts to focus on reforming and streamlining the only program farmers can use to legally bring in foreign workers to harvest their crops – the H-2A program.

Jeff Janas

IRVINE, Calif. (March 10, 2016) – Western Growers (WG) has donated $1 million to the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) to advance food safety research and develop ready-to-use solutions to improve the safety of fresh produce globally. WG’s contribution puts CPS over the $10 million mark for their Campaign for Produce Safety, which aims to raise $20 million by 2020 to fund critically needed, actionable food safety research.

Stephanie Metzinger

The Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) announced this week that the 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program – Farm Bill grant manual is now available and applications are now being accepted. The sole purpose of the Specialty Block Grant Program is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Arizona. The department projects that $840,000 will be made available to in this funding cycle with distribution of monies expected to occur in late 2016.

Jeff Janas

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