News


Dec
11
2017

Center For Growing Talent By PMA 2017-18 Board Of Directors Takes Office

NEW ORLEANS – The 2017-2018 Center for Growing Talent by PMA (CGTbyPMA) Board of Directors took office Oct. 18 during Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) 2017 Fresh Summit Convention & Expo here. Board of Directors Chair Leonard Batti, vice president of Taylor Farms, Salinas, CA, remains at the helm for the second year of his term. He is joined by three other officers and 19 directors.

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Feb
9
2017

Labor Of Love Treats Farm Workers To A Shopping Spree

YUMA ARIZONA - A farm worker crew with JV Smith Companies, based in Yuma, Arizona, was treated to a surprise shopping spree at Fry's grocery store as part of a random act of kindness through the Labor of Love program.

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Jan
1
2017

Leader in agribusiness Vic Smith is Citizen of the Year

"Mr. Smith exemplifies the caring, generous and forward-thinking individual who represents what we would want as our Yuma County Citizen of the Year," wrote Helen Coffeen in her nomination letter. He's not Victor Smith the actor, though Smith's Yuma agricultural company was once the focus of a Larry King documentary on promoting children's nutrition; and in 2006, Smith appeared on NBC's "Dateline" to defend the nation's leafy-green industry after an illness breakout.

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Sep
1
2016

JV Smith Companies Uses Social Media to Share to Detail Operations

YUMA, AZ - JV Smith Companies has taken a different, more personal approach to social media to show people the behind-the-scenes of the industry.

With more consumers wanting to know more about food production, from field to table, the company has asked its planters, tractor drivers, irrigators, harvesters, office staff... the entire team to share their insights through stories, photographs, and videos.

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Jul
21
2016

JV Smith Companies Offers $93,500 in Scholarships to Employees and their Families

YUMA, AZ - JV Smith Companies is dedicated to enriching the lives of not only its employees, but its employees' families. Vic Smith, CEO of JV Smith Companies and Founder of the Smith Family Foundation, believes strongly in education and helping those who work so hard for the company.

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Mar
2
2016

Which Foods Increase Happiness?

Certain foods are linked to not only increased happiness, but greater “eudaemonic” well-being, feelings of engagement, creativity, meaning, and purpose in life.

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Mar
1
2016

Ag professionals talk yields, packaging in tour of area farming sites

A group of around 20 agriculture professionals in town for the Southwest Ag Summit were taken on a tour of farming-related sites around Yuma County Friday morning, in a twist on the agritourism jaunts that are a popular feature of the area's winter and spring travel season.

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Feb
9
2016

Field Worker Crew Rewarded With Labor Of Love Program Shopping Spree 'Detour'

Yuma, Arizona - 40 Yuma, Ariz., field workers were treated to a surprise breakfast, a $50 gift card and a trip to the local Target store on January 20, 2016 thanks to the Labor of Love program and its weekly sponsor, JV Smith Companies. Vic Smith, CEO and owner of JV Smith Companies, was thrilled with the surprise as were local Target shoppers who witnessed the event as it unfolded.

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Feb
8
2016

Vegetable Growers Are Working With Silicon Valley to Disrupt Farming

Nestled between the Gabilan and Santa Lucia mountain ranges in Central California is a 90-mile stretch of land that produces strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, and wine grapes by the ton. As a major producer of fruits and vegetables, the Salinas Valley has come under increasing scrutiny for the large amount of food that goes to waste.

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Nov
23
2015

Yuma lettuce goes nationwide for Thanksgiving

Workers at JV Farms, right here in Yuma, are harvesting romaine lettuce from the local fields. This batch, is set to head out to store shelves all over the United States, and even parts of Canada - before and after Thanksgiving.

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