The Agricultural Personnel Management Association (APMA), in conjunction with co-sponsoring organizations that includes Western Growers, recently began a series of courses for agricultural human resources professionals.  Graduates of the course will earn a prestigious Human Resources Professional in Agriculture (HRPA) designation.  

Western Growers Senior Vice President Karen Timmins helped kick-off the series in Oxnard in June by leading a class on Managing Employee Compensation.  Karen will also lead a second class on September 10.

Karen Timmins

If you didn’t renew your WG Membership by June 21, you missed the opportunity to automatically get registered for our $500 contest drawing.  This week, one lucky renewing member found out how real the contest was when Rob Steinmann, our Member Relations Manager, contacted Jessica Cueto at Pablo’s Produce in Oxnard, California, to let her know that Pablo’s was randomly selected as this year’s Annual Dues contest winner.

This year’s 89th Annual Meeting being held from November 2-5 in Las Vegas promises to be a star-studded event.  What else would you expect when you hold a meeting in a city that bills itself as the “Entertainment Capital of the World?” 

Besides the likes of former Tonight Show Host, Jay Leno, who will entertain guests at the Award Dinner, attendees will also get to see the BRAVO Network’s Top Chef finalist Louis Maldonado in action on November 3rd in the Bellagio’s Tuscany Demonstration Kitchen. Chef Louis plans to dazzle the crowd by preparing a wide-variety of fresh fruit and vegetables in unique and interesting ways.

According to a study released by NASA and University of Irvine, California, the Colorado River Basin, the basin that contains the Southwest’s only major river and water source, has lost almost 53 million acre feet of water from December 2004 until November 2013.  The amount represents a volume that is nearly double that of Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir.  The most troubling aspect of the report is that the majority of the water loss --75% of the 53 million acre feet -- is from underground sources. 

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