Hank Giclas
Western Growers , Sr. Vice President, Strategic Planning, Science & Technology

Henry L. (Hank) Giclas has worked for Western Growers since 1990. He began his career in the Phoenix office as the Director of Public Affairs where he was responsible for implementing Western Growers’ government affairs and public relations agendas in Arizona. 

While serving in Arizona, Hank developed an expertise in agricultural chemical and environmental issues and led Western Growers to becoming more actively engaged in the science and technical aspects of agriculture and agricultural policy in California and Arizona. This science and technology focus allowed the association to take on managerial responsibilities for the Certified Crop Advisor programs in California and for the Arizona Crop Protection Association. Hank’s focus has helped Western Growers become a leading trade association in many of the issues related to the production and harvest of specialty crops in Arizona and California. 

Hank was promoted to Vice-President of Science and Government Affairs where he led legislative and regulatory advocacy programs, political action efforts, technical and registration projects as well as the management of various local trade associations from Western Growers Sacramento Office. 

In July 2002, Hank was called on to start a new division that would concentrate on the science and technology issues facing agriculture. That division now assists members with food safety, crop protection, environmental compliance, sustainability and a host of other areas where sound science and new technology must drive industry advancement, solutions and government policy. Since August 2003, Hank has directed strategic planning for the association. 

Today, Hank serves as Senior Vice President Strategic Planning, Science and Technology for Western Growers and is actively developing association leadership in the areas of agricultural technology innovation, sustainability, food safety, food security, crop production and protection as well as assisting in the implementation of the association’s strategic plan. 

Hank serves on many industry advisory boards and technical committees including for the Center for Produce Safety, Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, Coalition for Urban and Rural Environmental Stewardship and the Specialty Crop Committee serving the National Agricultural Research Education, Extension and Economics Advisory Board. 

Hank received his B.S. from the University of Arizona in Agricultural Education and was a vocational agriculture instructor before coming to Western Growers. 

Contact information

Contact Email:
hgiclas@wga.com
949-885-2205

Articles by Hank Giclas

Aug 06, 2013

A portion of Tulare County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) following the detection of psyllids at three locations in the Porterville area.  The quarantine zone measures 178 square miles.  A link to a map may be found

Jun 04, 2013

The California Cantaloupe Advisory Board has scheduled two training sessions for next Tuesday, June 11, to help handlers and growers prepare for the mandatory food safety audits being conducted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Jun 04, 2013

The California Department of Pesticide Regulations (DPR) released new proposed control measures for Chloropicrin use on May 15. It is important to note that these measures, as proposed, are more stringent than both the EPA’s and DPR’s current application requirements.

Apr 18, 2013

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg announced Thursday the FDA intends to extend the comment period on both FDA proposed rules for 120 days. This should extend the deadline for comments to sometime in early September, but official notice and dates are still forthcoming.

Apr 02, 2013

For several years now, Hank Giclas, Western Growers senior vice president of science, technology and strategic planning, has had a vision for a web-based platform that could help growers accumulate, store and regurgitate the data they need to provide to both government officials and the buyer com

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