The Western Growers Board of Directors wrapped-up a successful meeting today in Orange County, having deliberated top issues affecting the fresh produce industry. Chairman Vic Smith of JV Smith Companies led two days of committee meetings and a general session that included policy discussions on water supply, labor, food safety, trade, transportation issues, and innovation.    

Jeff Janas

Western Growers Chairman Vic Smith will gavel to order the Orange County Board of Directors meeting tomorrow morning in Newport Beach. Committee meetings are scheduled all day on Wednesday and will include discussions on a variety of topics affecting the industry, including water, labor, food safety, agtech, legislative proposals, trade, and transportation issues. The full board will meet on Thursday to report on their respective discussions and to take up any items passed out of the committees.

Jeff Janas

Yesterday, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) issued a Section 24C Special Local Need registration for the use of sulfoxaflor on leafy vegetables and Brassica (cole) crops. Sulfoxaflor (brand name: Sequoia) is part of a new category of insecticides by Dow AgroSciences called sulfoximines and has a unique mode of action. Sequoia™ targets sap feeding insects and may be an ideal addition to Integrated Pest Management programs because of its fast acting control and demonstrated lack of cross resistance.

Hank Giclas

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