The agriculture industry suffered a great loss yesterday as company patriarch and co-chair, Robert Victor Antle, passed away on August 3.  According to The Produce News, Mr. Antle, a founding member of Tanimura & Antle, Inc., was surrounded by family at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital at the time of his death. 

Considered an industry icon and pioneer, Mr. Antle changed the way produce is packaged and distributed by first developing a system to wrap vegetables in the field (1960). He also developed distribution centers for the introduction of wrapped lettuce and other source packaged fruits and vegetables (1965), among other initiatives. 

One of his proudest accomplishments was the establishment of the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library at California State University-Monterey Bay. This library serves as the centerpiece for the emerging campus and as the social and intellectual hub of the university. He felt strongly that this was the perfect vehicle for the families to give back to the community in a lasting way.

Matt McInerney

Members of the Western Growers Board of Directors convened this week in Orange County under the leadership of Chairman Bruce Taylor to deliberate the top issues affecting the industry. High on the list of issues discussed were the drought and regulatory restrictions on water supply, food safety, labor union activities and immigration reform.  Several standing committees featured guest speakers.  Dr. Jay Famiglietti, a senior water cycle scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and David Orth, general manager of the Kings River Conservation District, presented to the Water Committee; Amy Wolfe, president and CEO of AgSafe, presented to the Labor Committee; and Dr. Jerry Baron, executive director of IR-4 presented to the Food Safety, Science & Technology Committee. 

Dave Puglia

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