Change is afoot! The National Watermelon Association (NWA) has some very exciting transitions coming up! Since our revised membership plan was implemented, we have continued to work diligently for you, the members. Our twelve levels of membership allow for new opportunities to connect with those who share in the Watermelon family. In our effort to improve, we will be rolling out a plan to make sure you have everything we can give you right at your fingertips. From new online access to relevant information coming straight to your inbox, we are excited about these opportunities! Our membership database is being overhauled to make it easier to communicate important information, pertinent articles, legislation decisions, and more.
We are a family and like other families we grow and change; we transition sometimes with friction and adjustment periods, like any other group of loved ones. We even have a new membership coordinator in the office here, so we are feeling the changes, as well! But together, within the National Watermelon Association, through the effort of networking, we make great things happen for the betterment of the whole industry. Over the next several weeks, as things ramp up into season keep in mind we are here if you need us. We are working for the good of this family toward the common goal to make a positive difference in the lives our members and their companies.
Keep an eye on your inbox for more details to come!
“Every transition begins with an ending. We have to let go of the old thing before we can pick up the new – not just outwardly, but inwardly.” -William Bridges
The National Watermelon Association (NWA) website is your go-to resource for all things NWA from Public Affairs to Food Safety, to Research and more. The NWA is proud to have important information accessible to our members at anytime, all they need do is log in!
Public Advocacy Page
On our Public Advocacy page we have information on all things related to Washington. We have our muster portal, where you can directly contact your senators and representatives about issues pertaining to our industry. On this page you can also look at the 2019 Federal Public Policy, the " Day of Watermelon" Congressional Invitation Program, labor audit and raid information and more!
Food Safety Page
The Food Safety Page is home to our Watermelon Food Safety Guidance, Melon Standards, log documents you can print and use and more. This page has a great wealth of information that can help you and your company adhere to FSMA rules.
Each year the NWA funds research projects that are important to our industry. You can view current association projects, past projects (organized by topic), training aids and more!
The NWA website is also home to other pages including future conventions, member directory, promotions and more! To have access to all these pages just login or if you haven't signed up for membership yet sign up today at watermelon.ag/membership!
Here at the National Watermelon Association (NWA) we are constantly dedicated to make a positive difference in the business and lives of our members. Recently, we have improved and changed the membership levels to better serve our members. Below is a complete list of new membership levels.
To sign up now visit watermelon.ag/membership
Communication is key, and at the National Watermelon Association (NWA) we strive to have the best channels of communication always open to our members. From our publications, to our social media accounts we are always striving to stay connected with our members and always keep them up to date on the latest industry news.
One of the great perks of membership with the National Watermelon Association (NWA) is our exclusive publications. We have 3 publications catered specifically for our members to keep them up to date on association news, industry news, events and more.
The Vineline is our quarterly E-magazine that keeps our members up to date on industry news, major NWA events and happenings and queen promotion updates. The Vineline is available on our website watermelon.ag and on the free app The Vineline (apple and google play stores). Our latest issue for Spring just released and you can read it at watermelon.ag.
The Slice is our monthly update from the NWA. From The Slice you can learn all about what’s happening in the NWA. Learn about what the NWA is doing with Food Safety, Advocacy, Partnerships and more. Subscriptions are automatically included with your membership to the NWA and come out at the beginning of each month. If you have any questions about your subscription to The Slice please email email@example.com.
On The Vine is our weekly e-newsletter that gives our members the latest watermelon and agriculture related news right in their inbox every Thursday. To view the latest newsletter and to view past issues or even subscribe to receive future issues please visit http://multibriefs.com/briefs/nwacom.
The NWA also is proud to connect with our members on other channels as well. We have 4 social media accounts to promote membership, events and more. To connect with us socially please visit our social media accounts.
The National Watermelon Association is the Strength, Heart, and Soul of the Watermelon Industry. Through the voluntary effort of networking together, growers, shippers, and associates continue to keep Watermelon at the forefront of the produce industry, insuring the infrastructure we need and provide from Farm to Consumer.
Greg Leger, Leger and Son
In our 105-year history and in today’s political environment, this year (2019), while off to a running start on many fronts, clearly indicates that we need to rely on the National Watermelon Association more than we ever have before. The NWA constantly monitors (and engages in) the many issues that are debated (and at times translated into rules, regulations and laws) in Washington that can and normally do affect our businesses and lives ……….. issues including (yet not limited to) food safety changes to audits and the FSMA law, transportation changes to drivers’ hours-of-service, government relations as a whole and a need, the on-going healthcare debate, estate taxes, immigration reform (and accompanied subsets drawn into the debate), labor issues, trade agreements, and more. Being aware of the topics of today and staying ahead of the issues of tomorrow is vital to keep our members informed. With a singular focus on one crop – watermelon – we continue to push the envelope on your behalf, every day.
What does the National Watermelon Association do for its members? This is something I live by in my business. The difference is in ‘We’ and ‘I’. ‘I’ is one, and ‘We’ are many with the NWA. So, we promote and work on all issues that the watermelon business faces together while we improve the watermelon business as-a-whole.
Nowell Borders, Borders Melons
The NWA exists with a singular focus: to make a positive difference in the businesses and livelihoods of our members and their companies. Our members are hard-working farmers, shippers and suppliers that feed our hemisphere with the fruit of the Earth. Helping our members to pass multi-generational farms and businesses on to their children and grandchildren can be jeopardized by many threats. The NWA stands to face those threats and help our members to remain competitive and profitable in our unpredictable world. We do all of this with a leadership posture in the produce industry, while asking our members to engage with us. Together we can accomplish so much more. Together!
As a supplier-member of the National Watermelon Association, we are proud to support and be involved with the association. The NWA provides outstanding leadership in the produce category and great opportunities for supplier-members to interface with the membership of the association, many of which are our customers. Whether it is product safety issues, promotional opportunities or other industry trends, the NWA provides real time information for the betterment of the industry. Thanks NWA.
Jim Mastropietro, International Paper
WHY SHOULD I JOIN THE NWA?
That is a most appropriate question to ask, and one that we strive to answer each-and-every-day. In addition to our four cornerstone programs – federal public policy, food safety, communications and promotions – members have direct access to our numerous communications programs (our valued website www.watermelon.ag, quarterly magazine, monthly update, weekly e-newsletter and social media platforms), our national watermelon convention (that serves as an annual gathering to kick-off a new domestic season filled with education and new prospects), opportunities to become leaders and eligibility for award and recognition programs, and more. In short, members have the opportunity to engage while they benefit from the NWA’s on-going efforts across a spectrum of initiatives that are all designed to make a positive difference in their businesses and livelihoods.
NEW MEMBERSHIP LEVELS ANNOUNCED
The NWA has re-released our membership levels (with a few ‘new’ opportunities that will appeal to a broader section of our watermelon industry), and a clearer definition of each level. The document that is attached outlines the twelve (12) membership levels that are available to any company and person that has an interest in joining our family and being part of the National Watermelon Association. With twelve levels to choose from, you can select the level that best fits your business (or yourself) and become a NWA member today.
GROWERS (Indirect Sales)
This level is designated exclusively for growers that do ‘NOT’ sell the majority of their crop. They rely on a broker, shipper, sales agent or Coop to sell for them.
GROWERS (Direct Sales)
With the same three levels as the Broker community, these growers sell the majority of their crop directly (without a third-party’s help).
There are (3) levels to choose from based on company’s watermelon sales.
BROKERS, SHIPPERS, SALES CO.s, COOPs
These shippers, which make up the majority of our industry’s sales efforts, represent growers and sell their crop (as well as their own) to buyers.
Suppliers provide products and services to growers & shippers of watermelons – (i.e.seed, plants, greenhouses, chemical & fertilizer applications, packaging, transportation, farm & packing equipment, bees, mulch, consulting & technical services, and more).
There are (4) levels to choose from based on your company’s watermelon-related sales.
ALLIED MEMBERS - INDIVIDUALS
This level is designed for the individuals from Industry Associations - Commissions - Boards, Researchers, Retail Operators, Wholesale Distributors, Government Officials, Universities, Past Queens & Coordinators, Harvesters and other individuals (that do not sell watermelons, goods or services to the watermelon industry) that are interested in becoming members of the NWA.
WE ARE COUNTING ON YOU
Your membership in the NWA is a partnership-of-sorts, meaning that while you rely on us, we also rely on you. As NWA members, we ask you to actively support our work and get involved (as you see fit) . There is strength in numbers, and we will count on you to help us as much as you can.
Please take a few minutes to select the membership level that best fits your business and join us as we continue to work diligently to make a positive difference for our members every day. We can be stronger and more successful together. The truth be told ……. we need each other. Let’s join hands and make that positive difference time and time again. Thank you very much.
1) Year Round Representation
The National Watermelon Association provides year round representation in Washington D.C. to address rules, regulations, and federal law that can affect your business and livelihood. Ag policy, labor, healthcare, taxes, trucking, and more. If it can affect your business, The NWA is on it, every day!
Exclusive online member only access to our membership lists with contact information, farm research, food safety resources, and educational videos. Our food safety tools are a cost-saving resource for growers and shippers. Research solves pest and disease pressures. It is all for our members.
Eligibility for exclusive programs (Future Watermelon Farm Leaders), participation in our Political Action Committee and our various committees and working groups. Involvement, engagement, and eligibility are membership benefits for you.
Enjoy reading our quarterly publication The Vineline, our weekly e-newsletter - Off the Vine, and our monthly update The Slice. Sign up for weekly, monthly and quarterly updates for timely information that can help your business succeed.
Every February, our annual convention kicks off a new domestic season with fun, education, networking, and fellowship. Enjoy the discounts and participate in our annual watermelon Family Reunion that criss-crosses the country.
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