Here is what people are saying about the NWA:

  • “The NWA has been invaluable to Multicorr in our marketing efforts. We are newcomers to the watermelon industry (3 years) and have found the Vineline a key marketing tool to easily reach our core audience. The NWA offers a proven and effective platform for entertaining our existing customers and spending quality time with our targeted potential customers. Through the NWA – we continue to grow our produce bin business.”
    John Goodloe,
    Vice President
  • THE NWA Transportation Program is specifically designed for our shippers, managed and operated on behalf of NWA by the Allen Lund Company through their T.A.P. program. It provides extensive regional capacity capability, competitive rates, 24/7/365 communication and sophisticated logistics tools. The program has a bottom line value that assists our members in retaining existing customers and growing new business opportunities."
    Rich Chastain
    Melon One
  • “What does the NWA do for its members? This is something that I live by in my business.
    The difference is in ‘We’ and ‘I’.
    ‘I’ is one, and ‘We’ are many with the NWA. We promote and work on all issues affecting the watermelon business together, and We improve our companies and the watermelon business as a whole.”
    Nowell Borders –
    Borders Melons
  • “As an allied member of the National Watermelon Association, International Paper is proud of its support and participation in the association. The NWA provides both outstanding leadership in the produce category and great opportunities for allied members like IP to interface with the membership of the association, many of which are our customers. Whether it is a product safety issue involving packaging, promotion opportunities, or other industry trends, the NWA provides its membership with real time information for the betterment of the industry. Thanks NWA.”
    Jim Mastropietro – International Paper
  • “The most important thing to me in the NWA is networking with the people who attend and support the industry through their unselfish contributions, year after year, whether through mere attendance, service, donations, ideas, or love of the industry. They are the glue that holds this industry and this Association together, and allows a group to do more positive good than we, as individuals, can do separately. The members, with special emphasis given to board members and officers, committee members, and others willing to sacrifice personal interest for overall industry health and growth, are the backbone of the Association and the industry. That allows us to have a more organized, better, healthy, and growing industry. That is why I support NWA.”
    Anita Field –
    Wabash Valley Growers
  • “The NWA helps any person, Grower, Company, or group that needs help with any segment of the watermelon industry.”
    Tommy Smith –
    Labelle, Florida
  • “From promotions to safety issues to simply bringing us together, and acting as the mouthpiece of all the vital pieces of the American watermelon industry, the National Watermelon Association is a vital and dynamic organization. Nunhems USA recognizes this fact -- which is why we expend significant energy and a large portion of our marketing budget year after year ensuring the highest visibility to the breadth of the NWA: how they touch, and greatly benefit, virtually every segment of the watermelon chain.”
    Travis Estvold -
    Nunhems USA
  • “The NWA 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 infrastructure from Farm to Consumer.”
    Greg Leger –
    Leger & Son
  • “During the 2012 season there was an outbreak of salmonella in cantaloupe in southern Indiana close to where watermelons were being shipped. The information that NWA was able to obtain and quickly got out to its members allowed us to be proactive with our customers and helped us to keep shipping.”
    Chris Bloebaum –
    Delta Fresh Sales
  • “Without the NWA, I wouldn't be known in the NASCAR world as "Melon". This seemingly meaningless nickname has enabled us to capture a much larger audience's attention than the average racer with the average sponsor.
    "Watermelons" and "NASCAR" were not associated with each other in the past. Well, together we are changing that. With help from the NWA, we are putting watermelons on the forefront of NASCAR fans’ minds across the country and Canada.
    When fans see me at a NASCAR race, they don't have to look very far to see watermelons, and of course a watermelon queen. The queen program is another advantage that we utilize to put watermelons on the top of NASCAR fans’ weekly grocery lists.”
    Ross Chastain –
    NASCAR Driver
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2014 Sponsors
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  • Nunhems


  • Georgia Watermelon Association
  • International Paper
  • Seminis
  • Texas Watermelon Association
  • CHEP and IFCO (jointly under their parent company)


  • - Allen Lund
  • - Borders Melons
  • - Giumarra
  • - Highland
  • - Melon 1
  • - MultiCorr
  • - PECO Pallet
  • - Sakata
  • - Syngenta


  • Clifton Seed
  • - Eagle Eye
  • - Exeter Engineering
  • - Gibson Produce
  • - Global Produce
  • - Harris Moran
  • - Kapstone Paper
  • - Leger & Son
  • - McMelon
  • - Mobley
  • - Sundia
  • - Wiggins


  • - B & K Farms
  • - JR Produce
  • - Western Watermelon Association


  • - Dupont
  • - MEI Labels
  • - RockTenn
  • - Siegers Seed
  • - SunTerra
  • Alabama Watermelon Association
  • B&K Farms
  • Bagley Produce
  • Big Chuy Distributors
  • Billy Smith Watermelons
  • Borders Melons
  • Browning & Sons
  • C&S/Reid Groves Farms
  • Cactus Melon
  • Capital City Fruit
  • Celli Brothers
  • Central American Produce
  • Coosaw Farms
  • Diamond 99
  • DMC Farms
  • Eagle Eye Produce
  • Florida Watermelon Association
  • Frey Farms
  • George Perry & Sons
  • Georgia Watermelon Association
  • Gibson Produce
  • Global Produce Sales
  • Graham Farms
  • HC Schmiedling
  • Hoosier Fresh Farms
  • Illiana Watermelon Association
  • Jackson Farming
  • Jackson Farms
  • Jim Rash Company
  • Kids Choice
  • Kirschenman Enterprises Inc
  • Leger & Son
  • MarDel Watermelon Association
  • McMelon Inc
  • Melon 1
  • Melon Acres
  • Mesilla Valley Produce
  • MGM
  • Mouzin Brothers
  • Phil Turner Farms
  • Premier Melon
  • Prime Time International
  • Raymon Land
  • Rusty Kinard Farms
  • Saikhon Company
  • Sanland Farms
  • Sun State Produce
  • Sunterra Produce
  • Sweet Mama Produce
  • Texas Melon Exchange
  • The Giumarra Companies
  • Timco
  • Tucker Farms
  • Turtle Island Produce
  • Van Groningen & Sons
  • Vincent Farms
  • Wabash Valley Growers
  • Warren Produce
  • Watermelon Unlimited
  • Westlake Produce
  • Wiggins Watermelon LLC
News Alerts

FDA issued a final rule that affirms its regulations on record-keeping to be consistent with the expansion of FDA’s access to records as required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The amendments to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act made by FSMA allow the FDA access to records beyond those relating to specific suspect food articles if the agency reasonably believes that other food articles are likely to be affected in a similar manner. In addition, the FSMA amendments permit FDA to access records relating to articles of food for which there is a reasonable probability that the use of, or exposure to, the article of food will cause serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals. The expanded records-access authority is designed to improve FDA’s ability to respond to and contain safety problems with the food supply for humans and animals.
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Do you use a labor contractor for your worker needs on the farm or in the packing shed? Farm Labor Contractors (FLC) provide an invaluable service to many of you, and yet you ‘may’ have a responsibility according to the law. The article below is written and shared by Jason Resnick, Vice President and General Counsel at Western Growers Association. As Mr. Resnick concludes in the article, “producers that utilize labor contractors should have their FLC contracts reviewed by experienced employment and labor law counsel.”
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It is important that everyone that employs (directly or indirectly) that you understand what your rights and requirements are before the U.S. Department of Labor or any such state agency conducts an audit of your business. Below are eight (8) links to important information that may apply to your business on the farm or in the packing shed. Please take note of those areas that may apply to your business, and visit this website weekly for updates that may pertain to your labor needs, hiring and employment of workers.
Protection for Farm Workers
AG Employers under FLSA
Basic Information
Employment Relationship under FLSA
Federal Youth Employment Laws in Farm Jobs
Joint Employment and Independent Contractors
Migrant and Seasonal Ag Worker Protection Act
Overtime Pay Requirements of FLSA
FLSA Recordkeeping Requirements
FLSA Agriculture Poster
MSPA Poster

Finding consumer information about recalled food products grew a bit easier with the launch of a FDA website that compiles recall notices in a searchable table.
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A new PACA rule allows a buyers and sellers to extend payment past 30 days.
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Soil compaction and tire slippage are two major concerns that they know can affect yield and productivity.
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Spray recommendations for watermelon are based on the fact that "It is harder to cure disease than to prevent it".
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The National Watermelon Association is proud to release a complete Spanish-language version of our own watermelon food safety and traceability program called, "Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Fresh Watermelon Supply Chain". 
Click HERE to read and download any or all portions of the program for your use.

Growers look to industry groups over FDA for GAPs information

New Database To Track Honeybee Decline

“NWA and NWPB release organizational priorities and working relationship information to industry.

How Do You Respond When ICE Shows Up At Your Business?

Bees – Colony Collapse Disorder.


THE NWA has three exclusive partnerships with the partners posted below. When you are making your decisions for seed, trucking or pallets, please consider using one of these companies. They support your NWA and the expansion of our member services when our members' use their products and services. Please consider their offerings.

Sakata Allen Lund company CHEP
A Winning Line-up!
Highland Fresh Technologies
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