Membership Services Continued
With less than three percent of the population involved in farming, farmers' needs are no longer high priorities for legislators. From Sacramento to Washington D.C., politicians are making decisions that directly affect growers' business. The CTGA actively lobbies to protect growers' interests in the areas of water, labor, pesticides, taxation, transportation, trade and land use.
After the growers' hard work and the expense of raising a crop, fair grading is essential. The CTGA's original charter mission was to ensure a fair and impartial grading system. For this reason, the CTGA worked to form the California Processing Tomato Advisory Board and continues to be involved in this service.
Scientific and technological discoveries allow growers to prosper in the highly competitive global tomato business. In conjunction with the California Tomato Research Institute and private and public researches, the CTGA supports and assists with a broad range of tomato-related research efforts. This research gives the grower the edge to produce a tomato crop second to none.
Daily, you feel the growing pressure to produce tomatoes with a minimum use of chemical inputs. In light of the decreasing list of acceptable chemicals, CTGA helps growers explore alternatives such as integrated pest management techniques. Through use of surveys and public relations efforts with the Processed Tomato Foundation, we have taken a leading role in assuring consumers that tomatoes are wholesome, nutritious and safe. And, recognizing the place of chemicals on the farm, we are working to preserve those inputs critical to your operations.