January 16, 2024

Bank of America Grant Supports Western Growers Next Gen Ag Program

Western Growers Association’s Next Gen Ag Program has garnered additional support from Bank of America as part of its workforce development focus to help connect students and young adults to high demand careers, often funding stipends and other paid opportunities.

The bank’s $25,000 grant and longtime partnership will allow Western Growers and the Next Gen Ag Program to continue the work of creating opportunities for students to grow their knowledge and skills for STEM-heavy jobs in agriculture. By completing coursework created in partnership with academics and agricultural leaders, the Next Gen Ag Program provides a framework for students to find a clear and accessible path to employment in the agricultural industry. Once a student completes the needed modules, they have the opportunity to gain experience through an internship with a Western Growers member.

Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico. Western Growers members and their workers provide over half the nation’s fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, including nearly half of America’s fresh organic produce. Some members also farm throughout the U.S. and in other countries so people have year-round access to nutritious food.

“Bank of America’s roots began in serving California’s farming and agriculture communities over 120 years ago, and we proudly continue to be one of the largest providers of financial services to the food and agribusiness sectors. By working with the Western Growers Association, we can help support the next generation of ag leaders,” said Ben Maddox, Bank of America Western Food, Agriculture and Wine Executive.