ON YOUR SIDE SINCE 1926.
COMMITTED TO AGRICULTURE SINCE 1926
estern Growers was founded in California’s Imperial
Valley in 1926 as a voluntary association to combat
rate hikes and poor service by railroads. In a time when railroads
provided 90% of the transportation for produce from west to
east, individual shippers saw a need to unite with producers to
protect themselves against increasing rates. In the 90 years that
have followed, Western Growers has evolved and adapted to meet
the changing needs of its members and the increasingly complex
markets in which its members operate.
Western Growers members: • Are local, national, and international, multi-generational family farms • Operate throughout the United States and in more than 24 other countries • Grow both traditional and organic fresh produce • Produce more than half of the nation’s fresh fruits and vegetables • Grow half of America’s fresh organic produce
Today, Western Growers is the premier trade association for the
fresh produce industry, representing growers, processors, and
shippers on regulatory and legislative issues at the state and
YOUR POLITICAL VOICE
e fight hard for you in Washington, D.C., Sacramento,
and Phoenix on the issues affecting our industry;
immigration, water, food safety, labor issues and more. Each
year, we survey our members to identify and prioritize legislative
and regulatory concerns. With this information, we aggressively
advocate and lobby on your behalf at both state and federal levels.
With your help, we continue to influence change, ensuring the
industry’s stability and your success. We believe there is strength
in numbers and together our voice is powerful.
MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS
WE REPRESENT YOU
e leverage both traditional and digital media to advance
your public policy priorities. Hundreds of print and
broadcast media interviews are conducted annually with news
organizations such as Fox News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal
and the Los Angeles Times. We also utilize the latest social media
platforms and strategies to engage elected officials and shape
consumer opinions. Additionally, we keep members informed of
critical industry news through a twice-weekly email newsletter and
monthly magazine. Regardless of the issue – overregulation, labor,
water, food safety and more – we work hard to amplify your voice
and be effective advocates for Arizona, California and Colorado
SCIENCE &TECHNOLOGY EXPERTISE
WE ARE COMMITTED TO THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BUSINESS AND FUTURE OF OUR INDUSTRY
ur members benefit from our experienced Western
Growers staff. We work with regulators, universities, and
agricultural experts on critical industry concerns. Our experts
provide important scientific and technical information to members,
staff, policy makers, and the public to help resolve the challenges
you and our industry face every day. We are determined to ensure
a safe and secure food supply, healthy crops, reliable natural
resources, and sustainability for our members.
CENTER FOR INNOVATION ANDTECHNOLOGY
INFLUENCING THE FUTURE OF AG
he Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology
was created to foster a collaborative industry effort to help
find and accelerate solutions to deal with the myriad challenges
faced by our industry.
The Center works with industry to crystallize and prioritize the
problems that may be suited to a new service or technology, to
identify and recruit innovators working to address those problems,
to connect these entrepreneurs with industry to ensure solutions
offered have true utility and marketability on the farm and to stand
technologies and startups up in front of the investment community
to advance their commercialization.
Since opening our doors in December of 2015 we have engaged
24 “startup” companies working on issues such as mechanization,
precision growing, labor and asset management, energy efficiency,
waste reduction and more.
COLLECTIONS, CONTRACTS, PACA SUPPORT
WE SAVE YOU MONEY
ur Trade Practices & Commodity Services department
began in 1966, returning tens of thousands of dollars to
members within its first year through collections of slow pay and
disputed sales contracts. Today, we proudly return millions of
dollars to members on an annual basis as a direct result of this
valuable service. We are here for you when you need us—providing
guidance and support in Perishable Agricultural Commodities
Act (PACA) trust actions, product guaranty statements, contract
reviews, and resolving problems at destination, as well as packaging
requirements and standardization regulations.
WE KEEP YOUR PRODUCT MOVING
n response to your increasing concerns regarding the availability,
and service of refrigerated transportation, Western Growers
developed a transportation program in conjunction with C.H.
Robinson. This member-only service offers capacity to move
produce throughout the year. This customized solution was based
on need and our commitment to keep your business moving.
WE WORK FOR YOU ON A GLOBAL LEVEL
s you face the challenges of conducting business overseas,
we provide assistance with issues related to export and
logistics. We closely monitor international trade negotiations and
address tariff and non-tariff barriers. We tackle a wide range of
obstacles affecting export markets so your business can succeed
in the global marketplace.
WE ARE INVESTED IN YOUR FUTURE
stablished in 2000, Western Growers Financial Services is
a registered investment advisor and broker-dealer blending
sophisticated institutional money management strategies with
a wide range of consulting services. Headquartered in California,
Western Growers Financial Services caters to individuals,
businesses and pension plans, and has more than $200 million in
assets under management.
WESTERN GROWERS INSURANCE SERVICES
FULL SERVICE RISK MANAGEMENT SINCE 1986
estern Growers Insurance Services offers full-service
risk management solutions for our 2,300 ag industry
members. Since first offering health insurance and employee
benefits in 1986, WGIS has expanded to include property and
casualty insurance, workers’ compensation, safety and loss control
services, and health care reform consulting. From growing to
manufacturing, equipment to workforce, domestic to international
— we handle it all.
After serving the agricultural industry for 30 years, we know
the issues our members face and offer expertise that no other
broker can match. As our members’ outsourced risk management
consultants, the team of over 60 risk professionals will guide
members step-by-step through the continuously evolving
insurance marketplace. And because WGIS is wholly owned by
our members, we’re able to leverage our members’ combined
resources and reinvest premiums back into the research, advocacy
efforts, and resources of the Association.
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WESTERN GROWERS ASSURANCE TRUST
EXCEEDING YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS
n 1957, we established WGAT to provide our members with
plans, options and prices for healthcare benefits that were
unobtainable from commercial insurance carriers. Known in the
marketplace as the premier agricultural healthcare plan, we provide
benefit solutions for employers in this industry to provide health
insurance to their employees and dependents. As a grower, packer,
shipper or related business, we understand the unique challenges
you face in providing health benefits to your diverse workforce.
That is why we offer highly customizable plans designed to meet
your specific needs.
PINNACLE CLAIMS MANAGEMENT, INC
WE OFFER A COMPLETE SOLUTION TO HEALTH BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
ur full service, third-party administrator Pinnacle Claims
Management Inc. offers competitive, cost-efficient health
benefits administration to self-insured employers in a variety of
industries. Pinnacle brings extensive experience in medical, dental,
vision, COBRA, and flexible benefits administration to ourmembers.
Under the Pinnacle brand, it also offers pharmacy benefit services
through PinnacleRx Solutions and health management options
through Pinnacle Health Management.
WESTERN GROWERS UNIVERSITY
WE HELP YOU GROW YOUR PEOPLE AND YOUR BUSINESS
et the training you need for your employees, when and where
you need it, at a price that makes sense for your business.
Western Growers understands the unique needs of the agriculture
industry. That is why we offer expert, bilingual training at your place
of business or remotely to make learning convenient for you and
your staff. Count on us as your resource to solve your everyday
workplace challenges and training needs.
WE MAKE IT EASIER
e work with you to navigate the often confusing H-2A
process and help you utilize agriculture’s only
temporary guest worker program, helping to maintain a legal
and reliable workforce.
HUMAN RESOURCES & LEGAL SUPPORT
WE GUIDE YOUR SUCCESS
ave a question or a problem regarding an employee issue?
Our human resources hotline offers guidance on general
employment law and HR-related inquiries such as wage and
hour, discrimination, leaves of absences, and more. If you need
additional assistance, our Agricultural Legal Network can refer
you to an attorney specializing in agricultural employment law at
WESTERN GROWERS FOUNDATION
WE GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITIES
estern Growers Foundation is a movement of agriculture
leaders working with educators to inspire our next
generations of farmers. Western Growers Foundation is focused
on delivering Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
and standards-based lessons to nurture children’s curiosity in areas
related to farming and agriculture.
Since its inception in 1995, Western Growers Foundation has
funded more than 1,000 school gardens in California and Arizona.
The Foundation has a 90% success rate in keeping these gardens
operating at the local level. As leader in the school garden movement,
the Foundation’s mission is to plant and sustain a fruit and vegetable
garden in every willing Arizona and California school.
ANNUAL MEETING Cheryl Hall email@example.com | 949.885.2268
MEMBERSHIP Bryan Nickerson firstname.lastname@example.org | 949.885.2392 MEMBER RELATIONS Rob Steinmann email@example.com | 949.885.2266 PINNACLE CLAIMS MANAGEMENT David Zanze firstname.lastname@example.org | 949.885.2209 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Hank Giclas email@example.com | 949.885.2205 TRANSPORTATION, INTERNATIONAL TRADE Ken Gilliland firstname.lastname@example.org | 949.885.2267 WESTERN GROWERS ASSURANCE TRUST David Zanze email@example.com | 949.885.2209 WESTERN GROWERS FINANCIAL SERVICES Matt Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org | 949.885.2379 WESTERN GROWERS FOUNDATION Ryan Zilker email@example.com | 949.885.2249 WESTERN GROWERS INSURANCE SERVICES Jeff Gullickson firstname.lastname@example.org | 949.885.2351
COLLECTIONS, CONTRACTS, AND PACA Tom Oliveri email@example.com | 949.885.2269 HUMAN RESOURCES Karen Timmins firstname.lastname@example.org | 949.885.2295 LEGAL AND LABOR SERVICES Jason Resnick email@example.com | 949.885.2253 LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS, DC Dennis Nuxoll firstname.lastname@example.org | 202.296.0191 LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS, DC Ken Barbic email@example.com | 202.296.0191 LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS, PHOENIX AnnaMarie Knorr firstname.lastname@example.org | 602.266.6147 LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS, SACRAMENTO Gail Delihant email@example.com | 916.446.1435 LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS, SACRAMENTO Matthew Allen firstname.lastname@example.org | 916.446.1435 MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS Cory Lunde email@example.com | 949.885.2264
WESTERN GROWERS UNIVERSITY Adriana Robles firstname.lastname@example.org | 949.885.2297
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WASHINGTON, D.C. FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS OFFICE
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