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6 “We Matter” 2022 WG Chairman Albert Keck on the Urgent Need to Tell Ag’s Story 10 Meet Your WG Women Ambassador – Lacy Litten 12 Steve Mangapit on Driving Operational Excellence in 2022 14 WG Member News 16 WG Annual Meeting Highlights 22 Focus on Philanthropy: The California Farmworker Foundation’s Pillars of Support Serve to Build a Community 37 AGTECH STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: 3Bar Biologics Focused on Delivering Biologicals to the Field 40 A.G. Kawamura reflects on COP26: When will the conference acknowledge the positive role of essential farmers, ranchers, foresters and fishermen? 45 Organic Grower Summit Shines in Monterey

DEPARTMENTS 4 President’s Notes 20 Federal Government Affairs 24 WG Member Welcome & Anniversaries 26 Science 27 What’s Trending 28 Legislator Profile 30 California Government Affairs 32 Agriculture & the Law 34 Western Growers Assurance Trust 35 Western Growers Insurance Services 36 Innovation 38 Update from the WGCIT

WESTERN GROWER & SHIPPER Published Since 1929 Volume XCIII | Number 1

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