The University of Arizona Food Safety Consortium’s annual 2022 Food Safety Conference honored and dedicated this year’s conference to the late Hank Giclas, former Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Science & Technology at Western Growers.

Hank’s wife Kathleen, father Henry L. Giclas Jr. and brother Patric Giclas were in attendance during the award ceremony.

Hank served the Western fresh produce industry in various capacities with Western Growers for more than three decades, from 1990 until he retired in 2020.

Michelle Rivera

The Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology hosted its October “Lunch and Learn” with Jason Sedano, Vice President of Innovation for Taylor Farms.

More than 15 startups attended the event, where Sedano spoke to the attendees about the process of large farming operations, evaluating new technologies and working with innovators. At Taylor Farms, Sedano worked on identifying subject matter experts across divisions and knows who to have evaluate different technologies internally.

Michelle Rivera

California’s newest cannabis legislation AB 2188 offers protection to workers whose off-work conduct includes the use of cannabis. Set to take effect January 1, 2024, AB 2188 will make it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an individual in any terms and conditions of employment if that discrimination is based on the individual’s use of cannabis off the job and away from work.


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