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. 

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Articles by Hank Giclas

Apr 07, 2015

Western Growers received word yesterday from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation that Bayer CropScience’s new insecticide Sivanto ™ has been registered for use in California.  WG worked to support the federal and California registration of this new chemistry which is a novel systemi

Mar 19, 2015

In today’s world – companies are scrambling to collect information to meet buyer specifications, satisfy regulatory demands and develop records in case something goes wrong.  This is often a massive paper chase that seldom allows key staff the time to put the information to beneficial use in impr

Food is a Privilege... Not a Right
Nov 17, 2014

A.G. Kawamura, a Western Growers’ board member, is a farmer and a sustainability strategist who is constantly working on food production and access to food, an enduring conversation and center of attention.

Oct 30, 2014

Western Growers has recently been contacted by several growers expressing concern about high numbers of bagrada bugs and corresponding damage to brassicas.  With reports of tens of thousands of insects per acre and entire fields lost, we are exploring ways that we may be of service to our members

AgKnowledge? What’s that all about?
Sep 25, 2014

As you may know, Western Growers is an 80+ year old trade association of California and Arizona farmers who grow, pack and ship almost half of the fresh produce found in grocery stores across America.  To provide this food, can you imagine how much science and technology they use?  Here’s a littl