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

The digital version of the latest edition of Western Grower & Shipper magazine is now available. This edition highlights a few of the warriors in agriculture, the men and women who are changing the face of the industry. Click here to access the electronic version of the magazine.

Some features from this issue include the following:

 The Warriors: Men & Women Who Are Changing the Face of Agriculture

Chardae Heim

USDA has announced that additional commodities have been added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), with more eligible commodities expected to be added in the coming weeks. Other adjustments to the program have also been made based on comments received from agricultural producers and organizations and review of market data.

Cory Lunde

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