January 2013 - New Seed Variety Issue

Steve Barnard is known to have a “take no prisoners” approach to many situations.  In fact, he has heard that Western Growers and agriculture will be the target of some California Democratic legislators because of the association’s successful election efforts this November and his attitude is “bring them on.”

Tim Linden

A generation ago, the promise of breakthroughs involving gene technology, led some to believe that developing new seed varieties in the future might be a more simple process yielding quick results.  Many consumer articles spoke of the potential of a square tomato or watermelon for easy slicing or vegetables that tasted as sweet as candy but were still packed with great nutrition.

Tim Linden

Hybrid Onion Centerstone

Featuring a high percentage of single centers, Centerstone is a long day, early- to mid-season, yellow Spanish-type cross and produces excellent bulb size for high yields.  It’s slow bolting and best for fresh and export markets and stores well under favorable conditions.

Hybrid Onion Ruby Ring

Wendy Fink-Weber

Onion

Dulce Reina

Dulce Reina (SON450Y) is a mid-to-late season yellow, long-day Spanish onion that is consistently sweet.  In fact, it has been used as a sweet onion in this class.  Dulce Reina is very grower friendly and adaptable, has good skin retention with a copper skin color, and a strong plant growth with good yield potential.  The sizes range from colossal to jumbo.  This variety offers good pink root tolerance

Wendy Fink-Weber

SQUASH

Pascola

•   Uniform, dark green, glossy fruit, medium to long in length

•   Slender-type fruit

•   Nearly spineless plant

•   High yield potential in early harvests

•   Open, upright, nearly spineless plant for improved fruit quality during harvest

•   Good for mid- to late-season plantings as CMV pressure increases

•   Outstanding disease resistance

Wendy Fink-Weber

Where did you grow up and go to school?

I grew up in Contra Costa County in the foothills of Mount Diablo in the city of Concord.  I went to Clayton Valley High School and had the quintessential California childhood.  Nothing out of the ordinary.  My parents were both in sales.  I went to public schools and had a wonderful childhood enjoying the area and the sunshine.

After high school I went to Cal State Northridge largely because several of my friends were going there.  I’d say living through the Northridge earthquake altered my life.

Tim Linden

Dear Jon,

I’m still a bit confused about the W-2 reporting.  Who is required to report and what if I’m a small employer?  Also, what exactly has to be reported?  This reporting requirement is coming up fast, will you please help me understand this better so I can be prepared?

— Confused in Cochise County, Ariz.

 

Jonathan Alexander

Dear Jon,

I’m still a bit confused about the W-2 reporting.  Who is required to report and what if I’m a small employer?  Also, what exactly has to be reported?  This reporting requirement is coming up fast, will you please help me understand this better so I can be prepared?

— Confused in Cochise County, Ariz.

 

Jonathan Alexander

THE BEGINNING: Ken Lund, vice president of operations for Allen Lund Company and son of the namesake founder, calls the history of the firm the “perfect American dream story.”  Allen Lund started in the business by driving a truck hauling perishables before working his way into a desk job, and then establishing his own company. 

Tim Linden

Heightened food safety regulations requiring protective garb and sanitation procedures have stimulated a growing number of “off-the-clock” wage claims in agriculture.  Where food processing and harvesting employees once started to work with little or no preparation, food safety concerns now require more time “gearing” up for work.  Many processors and harvesters have not counted such time as hours worked.  However, a number of enforcement agencies and plaintiffs’ attorneys are bringing class action claims alleging that workers are not being paid for all of their time.

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