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WGA: growers spend $500,000 per year on automation

- General News
Growers are now spending an average of $500,000 a year on automation in response to the persistent ag labor shortage, according to the Specialty Crop Automation Report released today and commissioned by Western Growers.

CA Gov. Newsom issued executive order: floodwater to be used to recharge and store groundwater

- General News
As storms continue to hit the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on March 10, 2023 to temporarily lift regulations and allow floodwater to be diverted to groundwater basins.

Western Growers joins other grower groups in opposing Kroger-Albertsons merger

- General News
Western Growers joined the California Fresh Fruit Association and Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association to send a letter to Lina Khan, Chair of the Federal Trade Commission, opposing the merger between Kroger and Albertsons.

Looking ahead to Organic Grower Summit 2022

- General News
Two days of thought-provoking educational sessions, a sold-out trade show floor, and a variety of networking opportunities await attendees of next week’s fifth annual Organic Grower Summit (OGS) in Monterey, CA.

WGA’s AgSharks awards record amount to Nutjobs

- Featured
Even Nutjobs can be winners. I am not speaking of your everyday lunatic but a company of that name, which won a record $6 million grant from Western Growers’ AgSharks at WGA’s annual convention in Las Vegas.

Industry organizations call for food czar

- Analysis
Major food organizations, including the International Fresh Produce Association and Western Growers, have written to an independent expert panel reviewing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Western Growers issues statement on signing of AB 2183

- General News
Following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signing of AB 2183 into law, Western Growers President and CEO Dave Puglia issued the following statement: “It is shameful that Governor Newsom invoked the name of Cesar Chavez in signing AB 2183. Instead of advancing the labor icon’s movement, as the Governor claimed, California has officially unraveled Chavez’s legacy, striking at the heart of his greatest political objective and accomplishment: the right of farmworkers to a state-supervised secret ballot election.

Gov. Newsom signs farm worker bill

- General News
California governor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation promoted by the United Farm Workers union (UFW) that will make it easier for state farm workers to unionize.

OGS 2022 announces ‘Exploring Organic Research Ed Intensive’

- General News
A two-parted intensive featuring the results of two recently released reports on organic farming and an in-depth workshop discussing how organic farmers can address current challenges has been announced as part of the 2022 Organic Grower Summit (OGS) presented by Western Growers and OPN, slated for November 30–December 1 in Monterey, CA.

Regenerative ed session at OGS 2022 announced

- General News
As regenerative agriculture is reshaping how food is grown, a panel of organic industry leaders will address the trends and standards of regenerative organic marketing and certification at the Organic Grower Summit 2022 Presented by Western Growers and OPN, slated for November 30–December 1 in Monterey, CA.