IRVINE, Calif., (July 17, 2020) – Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced the appointment of Western Growers President and CEO Dave Puglia to serve on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee. In this role, Puglia will provide advice to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on trade policy matters including the operation of existing trade agreements and the negotiation of new agreements.

Stephanie Metzinger

Yesterday, Western Growers’ Field Harvest Acceleration Steering Committee gathered virtually to embark on Phase 2 of its Automation Initiative—an industry-led initiative designed to accelerate field automation progress with a primary focus on field harvesting.

During the meeting, the committee discussed in-depth strategies and tactics for mechanization adoption as well as identified a sentinel project for best accelerating field harvest automation. The group also developed a work plan for making the integration of automation more accessible to farms of all sizes and crops.

Stephanie Metzinger

Sara Matzger, iTradeNetworks’s solutions director, will be presenting on the various ways growers can help their own procurement processes during this Thursday’s Innovating in Challenging Times webinar. From diversifying one's buyer portfolio in order to have more resilience during industry turmoil to optimizing freight options in order to cut down on costs, this information is vital for growers during times like the one we’re currently living in.

Chardae Heim

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