For several years now, the Western Growers Foundation has been donating funds for school gardens in California and Arizona under the premise that teaching our students more about fruits and vegetables is a great way to make them life-long users of our products, and give them a better understanding of our industry.
Bayer Corp., the North American subsidiary of the international giant that serves the agricultural community through its Bayer CropScience sub-group, has restructured that group to take a more holistic approach toward product development.
After a long delay, at this writing in mid-January, the Farm Bill finally appears headed for reauthorization for another five years. There is still some debating to be done, but both the Democrats and Republicans have it at the top of their legislative to-do list.
Tom Oliveri, who has been helping Western Growers members with disputes involving the disposition of their produce shipments for more than 30 years, said the biggest problem with the PACA is that it isn’t used often enough
A few years ago two very busy H.R. professionals in the agriculture industry, were asked to volunteer their time to work on the Western Growers Professional Compensation & Benefits Survey Advisory Board. Jorge Suarez, director strategic planning & human resources at Ocean Mist Farms, and Terre Catanzaro, chief administrative officer at JV Smith & Companies, jumped at the opportunity.
Pinnacle Claims Management, Inc., the wholly owned third party health insurance administrator of Western Growers, has expanded its scope and is operating under a three-year contract to provide administrative services for California’s health insurance exchange.
Beachside Produce LLC was formed a decade ago when the core growers of Apio Inc. bought the commodity business from that firm as it concentrated on the value added-sector. After exploring other options, selling the company internally proved to be the best fit for all concerned. At the time Apio CFO John Jackson was asked to become the CEO of the new company, and he took the position.
One year ago I was spending much of my time on airplanes, in airports and in meeting rooms on Capitol Hill as I was shuttling back-and-forth between California and Washington, D.C., to be part of concluding negotiations on an immigration reform deal.