Grower-Shippers Asked to Bear Burden of Unsustainable Dilemma of Under-Compensation

In the past two years, West Coast vegetables growers have been asked to absorb stratospheric aggregate inflationary input costs while at the same time trying to find a way to pass on 20%-30% inflationary costs, presenting them with an unsustainable dilemma. Without a long-term solution to this dilemma, we could all see fewer vegetables finding…

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Grower-Shipper Interests Are Intertwined During These Volatile Times

Pre-Season ground prep work was completed in late-2021, first-turn plantings have been well under way since November, and harvesting of early Cole crops have begun in earnest. For Tri-County vegetable growers their cycle of implementing their standard cultural practices for the 2022 growing season has been under way since late-2021. The standard fundamentals of “blocking…

Supply Chain Woes Could Eventually Impact Product Availability

By now most of us have had firsthand experiences with the nation’s ongoing supply chain woes. Much of the focus of these woes has centered on larger-ticket items, documenting the continual struggles of port congestion and subsequent transportation.And recently there have been numerous examples of bare produce shelves at supermarkets. These shortages have been mainly…

Livelihoods Ahead of Relationships

Livelihoods Ahead of Relationships

As the industry wrestles with the economic impact of dumping all romaine, some nagging questions keep coming up. The question is why, after 12 years, the regulatory side is still using a scorched earth approach and treating the industry with a “what we want you to know” instead of a “know what we know”. Emptying…