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Wicked Winter Coming This Way Says Latest Farmer’s Almanac

Even in this day and age of high-tech tools, “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” still carries clout.
The now 224-year-old reference book that uses a proprietary formula of climatology, meteorology, and solar cycles still produces surprisingly accurate long-term predictions.

The 2016 version of the Almanac, which was released last week, features a few noteworthy …


New Orleans: Returning to Life, a Decade After Katrina

While Hurricane Katrina knocked the wind out of New Orleans—displacing hundreds of thousands of people and devastating the region’s economy—the city hasn’t let this massive blow hold it back. In the decade since the deadly storm made landfall, the city’s tourism and event industries have bounced back—and then some.

A decade ago this month, the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history changed the dynamic of one of the…


Seeds for ThoughtNational Watermelon Association Blog

#nwafuturisticfridays - Are Your Meetings Millennial-Friendly?

  I attended a convention recently and entered a seminar on social media strategy. Hoping to blend into the crowd of Millennials that filled the room, I casually slipped my tablet from its sleek case and positioned it in my lap. Once 'connected' to the network, I sat poised with my hands over my tiny keyboard and waited. Turning my attention to those sitting around me, I noticed that the majority of them were drinking coffee, checking their phones, and comfortably chatting with one another. As soon as the seminar began, I became quickly aware that the generational chasm between us was widening and I would fall in if I could not keep up. While...


#nwamembermondays - Ryan Van Groningen

  Ryan Van Groningen is a 3rd generation member of the Watermelon Industry and son of executive member, Dan Van Groningen.  Ryan began his career at an early age, working every summer for his family business.  He has been involved with the industry and served on the Western Watermelon Association board for many years.    He is currently sales manager for Van Groningen & Sons and part owner in the family business.   Ryan has a strong desire for advancing the farming practices  and had a role in the company’s new solar project.  He is a recent graduate of the United Fresh Leadership...


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