July/August 2018

By Stephanie Metzinger

The spread of “fake news” has caused a significant rift between the public and media. Consumers used to look to their media allies for guidance and the truth, but this sweeping phenomenon has changed where trust is placed.

By Matt Bigham

Since the deadly E.coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce was announced on April 10, 2018, there have been 197 people infected, 89 hospitalizations, and five deaths across 35 states. If those numbers don’t stop you in your tracks and make you think about what you’re doing to protect your business, then I don’t know what will.

The concept of green jobs has increasingly been used as a tool to justify a broad range of environmental policies in California. Take, for example, AB 32 and SB 32, which individually require significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Proponents of these expansive environmental mandates rely on claims that these regulations will be “cost-free” as expenses will be balanced by the number of increased “green” jobs.

In his FDA Voice blog post on March 28, 2018, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb discussed the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (commonly referred to as the Food Defense Rule or IA Rule).

Sonia Salas

In June, California voters made the first cuts among a multitude of candidates seeking statewide and legislative offices in both Congress and the state legislature. Under the state’s relatively new top-two election reform, the term “primary election” is no longer quite accurate, as that term refers to a closed process whereby partisans of each party choose their nominees for various offices. Now, voters of all parties (or none at all) choose the top two finishers to square off in the fall election, irrespective of the candidates’ party affiliations (if any).

Dave Puglia

AgroThrive Inc., a firm offering organic fertilizers to growers, is built on the premise that all organic wastes can be converted to safe and nutritious organic fertilizers.

Founder and CEO Dragan Macura, who is a food scientist by training, has developed a 21-day process to turn virtually any waste into a pathogen-free, organic-certified liquid fertilizer that offers many benefits to plants and can be delivered to the field through a drip irrigation system.

When Cyrille Habis and Prasad Nair embarked on their journey into agricultural technology, they did not envision that their end product would be a revolutionary data imagery package that could forecast yields weeks to months in advance. After all, the two specialized in building robots.

Growers Ice

Salinas, California

Member Since 1978


It is hard to believe that any technology applicable in 1936 is still viable today, but getting the field heat out of produce by topping it with ice is still in vogue. Growers Ice is offering the same service concept today that fueled its establishment more than 80 years ago.

“Some of the equipment is 50 years old,” says Jim White, who is in charge of the operation these days.

Tim Linden

You may have heard the words ECB, Eurozone, or even “Mario Draghi’ sometime in the past. But who and what are they, and why should Americans care about what’s going on across the pond?

The Eurozone is a monetary union of 19 of the 28 European Union member states that have adopted the euro as their common currency and sole legal tender. The Eurozone consists of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.

Farmers are the original environmentalists, stewards of the land and protectors of the open space. Those who tend to our crops understand the symbiotic relationship between healthy food, healthy soil and clean water and air. The overwhelming majority of farmers operate with a single overriding objective: to sustainably manage our land so it can be farmed for future generations, just as it has been farmed for generations before.

It’s 5:00 am on August 18, 1962, and the City of Los Banos is already buzzing with excitement in anticipation of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to their little community for the groundbreaking ceremony of the San Luis Dam. Nine-year-old Stephen Patricio is getting ready to hop on his bicycle to make the 15-mile trek with his cousins up to the site to see this monumental event. Just as he was about to put pedal to the metal, his mother stopped him, notifying him that he had to be at least 10 years old to bike to the dam. He was two months shy.

Tim Linden

Back in April, President Trump was quoted as saying to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue: “You can assure your farmers out there that we’re not going to allow them to be the casualties if this trade dispute escalates. We’re going to take care of our American farmers. You can tell them that directly.”

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