Western Growers is the Association for You

Western Growers is on the front line in Sacramento, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., fighting on our members’ behalf. We never stop working to make sure you have what you need to produce the healthy food that feeds the world.

Our products and services are designed with you in mind. From our health benefits tailored for agriculture to government advocacy, logistics solutions, employee training, industry compensation data, networking and more – we are here to support the success of your industry. Western Growers is on your side. Let us know how we can help you.

From Our Members

...Western Growers is the strongest voice western agriculture has…Especially in the last 10 years, the leadership at Western Growers has performed at the highest level…My brother and I are very appreciative of everything Western Growers does.

Joe Colace
Five Crowns Inc., Brawley, CA

Western Growers allows each farmer in California and Arizona one voice when tackling issues that affect all farmers and the future of agriculture. This is extremely important for each grower to be able to work collaboratively to achieve one goal to sustain farming in California and Arizona.

Ryan Van Groningen
Van Groningen & Sons, Inc., Manteca, CA

Western Growers offers many great services…but the major reason we belong to the association is because of the representation. Western Growers represents our interests and they are one of the strongest voices for agriculture that there is.

Phil Henry
Henry Avocado Corp, Escondido, CA

I would be lost in this industry without [Western Growers]. I receive phenomenal advice in many areas including the technical aspects of buying and selling fresh produce…it’s like having an expert in your own backyard.

Douglas E. Schaefer
E J’s Produce Sales Inc., Phoenix, AZ

Western Growers is in my corner, working for me and fighting the good fight for our industry. We remain loyal members because they have consistently shown us value.

Robby Barkley
Barkley Ag Enterprises, Inc., Yuma, AZ

We can’t do this alone. I rely on Western Growers to represent us on costly regulatory matters that affect our business – they have proven to be a consistent and powerful front for our industry.

Craig Reade
Bonipak, Santa Maria, CA

Being a member of Western Growers has saved me thousands of dollars over the years.

David Gill
Rio Farms, Salinas, CA

The demands of farming specialty crops in California coupled with constant and changing demands from the marketplace have made our jobs of growing and selling fresh table grapes ever more challenging. Add the constraints of increasing regulatory issues, food safety and relentless politics, and our job truly becomes challenging. We rely on Western Growers as a partner in fending our position in the industry.

Jim Llano
Castle Rock Vineyards, Delano, CA

Membership Benefits

Human Resources and Legal Support
  • Our Professional Compensation and HR Practices Surveys collect and measure the regional specialty ag data you need to make budget and planning decisions to help you attract and keep top talent at your company. You must be a member to participate or purchase results, and participants get data for free.
    Contact Karen Timmins
  • The Personnel Procedures Manual provides members the latest employment policies and procedures to stay compliant with state and federal law.
    Contact Karen Hansen at khansen@wga.com or 949-885-2254
  • Our HR/Legal Hotline offers members one-on-one guidance about employment law and HR-related questions.
    Call the HR/Legal Hotline at 877-942-4529
Innovation through Science & Technology
  • Our Science & Tech team of nationally known experts in the produce-related field work with committees in D.C., regulators, legislators, universities, scientists and more to cultivate the best in leading edge ag innovation for our members.
  • We spearheaded the development of the Leafty Green Marketing Agreement. Now, we're working to take that agreement nationwide.
  • Monthly Lunch and Learn webinars help members stay up to speed on key issues such as food safety developments, FSMA, water quality regulation, nutrition management and more.
  • Contact Hank Giclas.
Government Affairs

We have in-house and contracted lobbyists in Sacramento, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., fighting for our members on issues such as

  • immigration
  • water supply
  • food safety, food security, sustainability
  • union-backed legislation
  • environmental regulatory issues (pesticide use, water quality, air quality management, etc.)
  • occupational safety and health regulatory issues (heat illness, tractor safety, etc.)
  • Health Care Reform
  • pest prevention and management
  • climate change
  • federal farm policy, including the Farm Bill


Financial Services
  • We offer investment services for both businesses and individuals — retirement planning, 401(k) retirement plans for your employees, generational transfers, bilingual education and support for employees and more.

Contact: Matt Lewis at 949-885-2379

Labor Services
  • We help members access the H-2A temporary worker program by
    • completing paperwork
    • filing applications
    • interfacing with state workforce agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services and Department of State.

Contact Jason Resnick at 949-885-2253

Media and Communications
  • We focus on media relations to strategically boost WG members’ public policy objectives.
  • We publish Spotlight twice weekly and WG&S Magazine monthly to keep members informed on critical industry news.

Contact Cory Lunde at 949-885-2264

  • The Western Growers Transportation Program leverages our relationship with one of the largest logistics companies, C.H. Robinson, to offer members-only pricing and increased capacity to transport produce.
  • Combines the freight volume of WG members to attract a robust cost- and energy-effective transportation solution.
  • Transportation solutions are customized to meet your unique business requirements.

Contact Ken Gilliland at 949-885-2267

Wester Growers Insurance Services
  • Direct sales force for Western Growers Assurance Trust, the largest provider of health benefits for the ag industry.
  • Full Service Broker: Health Benefits, Property & Casualty, Workers’ Compensation and Personal Lines.
  • Loss Control/Safety Services (training for heat illness prevention/equipment/first aid, onsite inspections and more).
  • Health Care Reform guidance, proprietary tracking and reporting tools and consultation to ensure ACA compliance.

Contact Greg Nelson at 949-885-2287

Western Growers University

We provide customized, bilingual training when and where you need it.

  • Leadership Skills
  • Harassment, Discrimination and Abusive Conduct Prevention
  • HR and Employment Law
  • Supervisory Skills
  • PACA Rights and Remedies
  • Safety and Risk Management

Contact Adriana Robles at 949-885-2297

International Trade
  • We provide assistance with international trade negotiations and issues related to export, transportation and logistics.

Contact Ken Gilliland at 949-885-2267

Collections, Contracts, PACA Support
  • We assist members in collections on both slow paying and disputed sales contracts. 
  • We offer guidance and support in PACA (Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act) trust actions, contract reviews and more.
    Contact Tom Oliveri or get news Straight from Tommy O
Western Growers Foundation
  • Our goal is to create and sustain an edible garden in every willing California and Arizona school.
  • We strive to create healthy farms, food and individuals. Western Growers Foundation promotes sound science, food safety and nutrition education.

Your Membership Contacts

Vice President, Membership
Manager, Business Development
Manager, Member Relations

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