One of the main benefits that members cite as a key reason for joining WPHA is gaining immediate access to legislators and regulators who make key decisions and enforce the rules governing agricultural issues in California, Hawaii and Arizona. Through WPHA’s grass-roots program, members have the chance to speak directly with lawmakers and provide firsthand accounts of the continuing commitment to environmentally-sound business practices by their companies within the industry. Another big bonus is that throughout the year WPHA sponsors a number of seminars, workshops and conferences to assist its members in learning about industry trends and technological advances, environmental considerations, food and worker safety and many other timely issues. Below you will find a list highlighting a variety of benefits enjoyed by our members as part of the WPHA membership team.
A Network of Close Allies
Through close affiliation with similar crop protection, fertilizer and retail associations across the country, WPHA monitors and directs agricultural and urban issues involving the plant health industry. On a regular basis, WPHA interacts with organizations and entities ranging from local city councils and state agencies to other agricultural associations, coalitions and state regulatory departments. WPHA provides member companies with countless opportunities each year for collaboration, education and communication within these many relationships. While WPHA primarily focuses on state and regional issues, the association also works closely with organizations based in Washington, D.C., such as The Fertilizer Institute, CropLife America and the Agricultural Retailers Association.
Learning to Deal with the Mass Media
Through WPHA’s Communications Department, members have the opportunity to undergo training sessions focused on understanding the media and responding accordingly. If you are ever in a situation in which you are placed on the spot with a reporter’s microphone in your face, this can prove to be a very valuable member benefit in knowing what to say, and often, what not to say. This service also extends to assistance on press release writing and distribution. A quarterly printed Newsletter and bi-weekly E-Bulletin is also distributed to members, keeping everyone up to date with association events and important legislative and industry issues.
Access to Web Site Information
WPHA maintains two Web sites representing the Western Plant Health Association and the California Fertilizer Foundation. A key feature of the WPHA Web site is its “Members Only” section. This password protected section allows members to view a Membership Directory, read the quarterly Newsletter and bi-weekly E-Bulletins, learn about important upcoming events and meetings from our Calendar, obtain college student resumes for recruiting purposes, and peruse related information and articles about member companies and the industry in general. You will also be able to post your job announcements on our “Careers” page.
Annual Meeting Combines Business with Fun
Each year our members look forward to October. That’s because this is when the association’s gala event is held in a posh resort in either California, Arizona or Hawaii. The three-day event features golf tournaments, sightseeing trips, an auction, a business session that highlights national experts in the field of agriculture and plant health addressing the issues of the day, and wraps up with an evening of socializing, dancing and good food. Members say this annual event is informative and gives them the opportunity to “stay connected” to their friends and colleagues inside the industry.
A Chance to Get Involved
WPHA is well known for the many committees and conferences it holds each year. Members can participate on any of these committees if they so chose, even becoming a member of the Board of Directors when a vacancy occurs. These events allow members to voice their input, make decisions, and stay abreast of the latest industry developments. For a list of the many programs and other events offered by WPHA, please see the “Activities” section.