March April 2020

By Matt Lewis

Western Growers members take pride in producing the freshest, highest quality produce in the world. Our members also take pride in how their food is grown and harvested, and go to great lengths to ensure the safety and well-being of their employees, who are almost universally considered an extension of the families who put their names on the boxes.

With labor being among the most important inputs on a farm, our members demonstrate their commitment to their workforce in numerous, real ways.

By Jason Resnick

As a Western Growers member, you belong to a regional association with a national presence that prioritizes advocacy on public policy that directly affects you and your business. Western Growers members are well aware of the tremendous work that WG’s Government Affairs team does on behalf of the specialty crop industry. They work tirelessly before legislative bodies and regulatory agencies to advance the association’s policy priorities on the state and federal level.

By David Zanze

Employers and employees have a common goal when it comes to health care, and that’s to save money. Most employers are seeing a rising cost of health care, which ultimately and unfortunately gets passed on to their employees. Many employers implement programs to reduce costs for all parties, which can include health and wellness and care management programs. However, employers tend to overlook something as simple as education when it comes to lowering costs of health care.

By Dennis Nuxoll

It has been an incredibly busy few months for international trade here in Washington and Western Growers has been right in the middle of it all. Let me start by talking about the United States-Mexico and Canada Agreement (USMCA), which, as you all know, replaced NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement).

By Matthew Allen

California is renowned for its focus, some would say obsession, on climate change and the many laws and regulations that continue to be enacted in order to limit or reduce the emittance of greenhouse gases and other pollutants into the atmosphere.

The solar industry has progressed tremendously since Concept Clean Energy Vice President Ryan Park entered the space almost two decades ago. Prices for solar panels have dropped significantly, efficiency has improved tremendously, and the technology continues to advance year after year.

“We are now providing targeted solutions for the challenges growers and shippers have, Park said.

Tim Linden

By Hank Giclas

Miriam-Webster defines “environmentalist” as an advocate of the preservation, restoration, or improvement of the natural environment or one concerned about the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors (such as climate, soil, water, air and living things) that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival. Especially with respect to the control of pollution.

By Chardae Heim

 

In the fresh produce industry, reliable energy is essential to running an operation and maintaining the integrity of the product. With storm-related power outages and public safety power shut-offs plaguing California and contributing to significant damages among agricultural businesses, the industry is beginning to explore alternative energy options.

Member Profile

Mark Borba

President

Borba Farms Inc.

Riverdale, CA

Member Since 2006

 

It was in the early 1900s that Mark Borba’s ancestors started working the land, near Hardwick in the San Joaquin Valley. His grandparents were dairy farmers. After World War II, the Borba family began to rethink the economics of dairy farming and set their sights on row crops. “The first thing they started with was cotton,” said Mark, adding that cotton was grown by the family for more than 70 years.

By Jeff Gullickson and Hank Giclas

 

“FDA, CDC, and state health authorities are investigating an outbreak of illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7 in the U.S.”

Despite the U.S. fresh produce industry having implemented the most scientifically-informed and rigorous food safety practices in the world, this is a refrain that has become all too familiar in recent years. The romaine industry has been hit particularly hard as of late.

By Cory Lunde

 

It is a like a sub-plot out of the Netflix television series, Stranger Things, which follows the residents of Hawkins as they battle supernatural forces from the Upside Down, an alternate dimension linked together in a hive mind controlled by the Mind Flayer. In a stranger-than-fiction, real-life drama that is playing out across the country, farmers have inexplicably been cast as Demogorgans, the humanoid predators sent by the Mind Flayer as part of the superorganism’s quest to invade and destroy the Earth.

Director Profile

Alexandra Allen

Principal

Main Street Produce

Santa Maria, CA

Member Since 1988  |  Director Since 2019

 

Alexandra Allen grew up in Salinas and is now married to a grower-shipper, Paul Allen, in Santa Maria. Those two end points suggest a life path much different than the one she took. In between Salinas and Santa Maria, Alexandra was a professional athlete, an attorney and a hedge fund manager, and she lived in Los Angeles, Washington D.C, and Bismarck, North Dakota.

Tim Linden

By Dave Puglia

 

Once again, the State of California has launched a legal assault against the federal government, this time over the latter’s modernization of the failed regulatory policies that have, since 2008, hobbled the state’s water storage and conveyance systems by basing diversion decisions in the Delta on static and scientifically-flawed rules. Those rules have failed the very fish species they were purportedly created to help while throttling back surface water deliveries to much of the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California.

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