Western Growers Membership Guide




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


federal levels.

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