In recent years, the number of pollinators appears to be in decline due to various factors. Western Growers will host a Lunch & Learn webinar on April 27 where members can learn more about current issues surrounding pollinators and best practices to sustain their services.

Pollinators are an essential component of both natural and agricultural ecosystems. While they support biodiversity and habitats, they also play a key role in the production of crops that require pollination—such as the case of most fruits and vegetables.

Stephanie Metzinger

In recent years, the number of pollinators appears to be in decline due to numerous factors. Western Growers will host a Lunch & Learn webinar on April 27 where members can learn more about current issues surrounding pollinators and best practices to sustain their services.

Pollinators are an essential component of both natural and agricultural ecosystems. While they support biodiversity and habitats, they also play a key role in the production of crops that require pollination—such as the case of most fruits and vegetables.

Stephanie Metzinger

John R. Norton III, who served as Western Growers’ Chairman in 1980 and was an Association Award of Honor recipient in 1985, has died. He was 87. Norton passed away on Sunday April 17, 2016, in Arizona, surrounded by family. His contributions as an industry pioneer and visionary are impossible to overlook and profoundly contributed to the success of Western Growers, helping to make it the forward-thinking organization it is today.

Jeff Janas

George Minoru Tanimura, farming giant and family patriarch of the Tanimura family, passed away on April 15, 2016, at the age of 100. 

The eldest of twelve siblings, George was forced to shepherd his family through such events as the Great Depression and World War II following the death of his mother, and some years later, of his father. Though the family lost everything they had as a result of interment during World War II, through hard work and savings, George managed to slowly rebuild the family farming venture into one of the world’s largest lettuce operations.

Jeff Janas

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