WG&S April 2016

The global population of 7.3 billion is growing at an annual rate of 1.1 percent—approximately 75 million people every year.  According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), feeding a world population of 9.7 billion people in 2050 will require increasing overall food production by about 70 percent.  Key challenges to accomplishing this include land and water availability and the need for innovative and new technologies to address labor shortages, mitigate climate change and increase efficiencies.  What we don’t often hear, however, are the disturbing statistics related to food wa

Sonia Salas

On the heels of a dramatic Super Bowl victory for the Denver Broncos, an enthusiastic Robert Sakata, president of the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) and owner of Sakata Farms, Brighton, CO, addressed the crowd at the organization’s second annual conference in true fan style.

Sporting a Peyton Manning jersey—complete with a bright orange wig and sunglasses to match—Sakata attributed the success of the Broncos to the tremendous teamwork they demonstrated during the season and throughout the playoffs.

Cory Lunde

(Editor’s Note: The questions and answers have been paraphrased for clarity and brevity.


Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona.  My father worked for the county in the highway department.  My mom was a stay-at-home mom.  We did not have any connection to agriculture except that I love vegetables.

I went to public schools in Yuma from grade school through high school.  I am a Yuma High Criminal (school’s nickname).

Tim Linden

Western Growers has donated $1 million to the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) to advance food safety research and develop ready-to-use solutions to improve the safety of fresh produce globally. WG’s contribution puts CPS over the $10 million mark for their Campaign for Produce Safety, which aims to raise $20 million by 2020 to fund critically needed, actionable food safety research.

On March 13, 2016, after several days of heavy rains, especially in Northern California, 103,576 acre feet of water flowered into the Lake Oroville reservoir, which is about 80 miles north of Sacramento.  That was the most acre-feet that Lake Oroville had collected in a single day since February 2, 2004.

Tim Linden

Mario Macias

Mario Macias Co. Inc.

Bakersfield, CA

Member Since 1997


Mario Macias’ grandparents first came into the United States from Mexico in the 1940s to work the fields.  They lived in Texas and followed the crops working cotton and tomatoes and any other crop where the farmers were hiring workers.  They often went to other locations, such as Georgia, if the work was good.

Tim Linden

Last month, I began a series on the need for federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) reform.  I used the analogy of addiction recovery, in which the first step is to acknowledge the problem.

Extending this metaphor to politics, I noted that few members of Congress are willing to publicly admit that the ESA is fundamentally flawed—let alone tackle real reform—for fear of getting “Pombo’d.” No, you will not find this term in the Urban Dictionary.  But the story of Richard Pombo being ousted from Congress by the environmental left still sends shivers down many a congressman’s spine.

Tom Nassif

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