California

Data a key factor in addressing the West’s water shortage

Like many other researchers, University of California-Merced environmental engineering professors Erin Hestir and Joshua Viers are trying to quantify water use in California’s Central Valley. The difference is, they are doing it from the sky. Through NASA's applied sciences program, their... more »

Western Growers refutes characterization of California labor law

When California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation designed to expand union rights for farm workers, AB 2183, he referred to the “heroic activism of farmworkers, championed by Americans” including Cesar Chavez. Western Growers President and... more »

California farm labor group sponsors forum

The California Farm Labor Contractor Association (CFLCA) is hosting its 12th Annual Ag Labor Forum, with more than 30 educational classes. The event is Nov. 10-11 at the Visalia Marriott and Convention Center in Visalia,... more »

Ag groups seek quick availability of water project funding

A coalition of agriculture groups in the western U.S. is asking federal officials to immediately implement drought funding in the Inflation Reduction Act. Western Growers, the Agribusiness and Water Council of Arizona, Family Farm Alliance... more »

UC study breaks down costs of growing organic strawberries

Thinking about commercially growing organic strawberries on California’s Central Coast? To help prospective and current growers evaluate financial feasibility, the University of California has estimated costs to produce and harvest organic strawberries for fresh market... more »

Grafting watermelons could boost yields for California growers

As growers across California navigate severe drought, supply-chain challenges and rising inflation, reducing inputs has become an existential necessity. And for watermelon growers, a new twist on a thousands-year-old practice is showing real promise. In... more »

Western Growers supports California water plans

Dave Puglia, Western Growers president and CEO, praised California Gov. Gavin Newsom's water supply strategy. Responding to Newsom’s Aug. 11 announcement, Puglia said the plan is “bold and comprehensive.” “Our... more »

Gov. Newsom unveils water strategy for hotter, drier California

Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced California’s latest actions to increase water supply and adapt to more extreme weather patterns caused by climate change. Hotter and drier weather conditions spurred by climate change could reduce California’s water... more »

Industry remembers Western Growers’ Hank Giclas

Hank Giclas, who served the fresh produce industry in a variety of roles for 30 years at Western Growers, has died. “Hank Giclas dedicated himself, totally and fully, in service to the people of the... more »

USDA program boosts local crops from California’s underserved farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding a program in California that will buy and distribute locally grown, produced and processed food from underserved producers. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the program July 27 during... more »

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