Yesterday, Western Growers’ Field Harvest Acceleration Steering Committee gathered virtually to embark on Phase 2 of its Automation Initiative—an industry-led initiative designed to accelerate field automation progress with a primary focus on field harvesting.

During the meeting, the committee discussed in-depth strategies and tactics for mechanization adoption as well as identified a sentinel project for best accelerating field harvest automation. The group also developed a work plan for making the integration of automation more accessible to farms of all sizes and crops.

Stephanie Metzinger

Sara Matzger, iTradeNetworks’s solutions director, will be presenting on the various ways growers can help their own procurement processes during this Thursday’s Innovating in Challenging Times webinar. From diversifying one's buyer portfolio in order to have more resilience during industry turmoil to optimizing freight options in order to cut down on costs, this information is vital for growers during times like the one we’re currently living in.

Chardae Heim

Western Growers recently hosted a 5-part webinar series on topics surrounding Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS), which occurred once a month from January to May of 2020. The series started by exploring the basics of WGS and how this tool applies to food safety management. In later months, the topics evolved into sequencing protocols, case studies, regulatory applications and novel applications of the next generation of whole-genome sequencing such as metagenomics.

Sonia Salas

It is imperative for employers to maintain a safe and healthy work space now more than ever. Join PAGO CEO Michael Dodson this Thursday as he shares how his platform allows labor contractors and growers to carry out crucial labor activities, including contactless timekeeping.

As an ag labor platform, PAGO gives growers real-time actionable data related to their operations, assists with scheduling crews and crew monitoring, and calculates both time and piece rates.

Chardae Heim

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