You may call him “The Godfather” but he’s not Marlon Brando. You could say he’s a “king” but he’s not Elvis Presley. And you could certainly call him your “precious,” but he is definitely not Gollum from “The Lord of the Rings.”
Steve Danna is a fourth-generation farmer who grew up on a farm and farms today with his brother, Joseph, and his Aunt Dee. He went to an agriculture school, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, so it all makes sense.
You are not just the member of a politically influential group — Western Growers — but a private citizen with muscle, clout and influence in the political arena in your own right. There is certainly strength in numbers, but the bread-and-butter of a successful elected representative is his or her connection to constituents. You’re first on their list and they want to hear what you have to say.
Willowood USA sees itself as a relatively small company with the main goal of helping growers save money on the tried and true chemistry that they have been using for years. The Oregon-based firm, develops, formulates and markets generic crop protection products for the U.S. agricultural industry.
As the world changes so have the realities affecting agriculture. The growing population has increased the demand for food, and for high quality food. There has also been an increase in the regulations aimed to produce this high demand of food in a safe and environmentally sustainable way. In order to keep up with the current truths of agriculture, and to obtain a high economic yield, there must be an efficient and responsible use of our natural resources (water and soil) and a sensible use of fertilizer.
Here in Washington we are in the middle of the dog days of summer when stifling heat and high humidity dominate, Congress is in recess and the various members of Congress go to their home districts for the month.
Melissa Melendez is a freshman Assemblymember from the western part of Riverside County. She served in the Lake Elsinore City Council before running and winning in her first Assembly election in November 2012.
Goods and services provided by the many companies that operate within the agricultural sector are a very important part of the specialty crop industry. Though not actually producing the crops, these firms provide the tools necessary to do that job. At Western Growers, these Associate Members collectively are a key component of the organization. They deserve your support!
Down here, at the bottom of the continent’s most spectacular canyon, the Colorado River growls past our sandy beach in a wet monotone. Our group of 24 is one week into a 225-mile, 18-day voyage on inflatable rafts from Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek. We settle in for the night. Above us, the canyon walls part like a pair of maloccluded jaws, and moonlight streams between them, bright enough to read by.