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This November, Western Growers will hold our 90th Annual Meeting at the Grand Del Mar in San Diego. Like our previous Annual Meetings, this year’s event promises to be memorable, featuring one of Southern California’s most spectacular resorts. For three days, you will have the opportunity to connect with old friends, make new ones, and learn about the latest technologies, trends and issues in the fresh produce… all while having a little fun.

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

Last week, the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) -- in advance of this fall’s federal elections -- made a platform commitment to introduce payment protection for produce sellers similar to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) offered in the United States. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council praised NDP leader Thomas Mulclair for taking a strong position on the issue, one that is considered by them as their top issue in the election.

Jeff Janas

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