In 2021, Western Growers received nearly $750,000 in grant funding from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Over the next three and a half years, these funds will be used to educate the next generation of agriculture employee.

WG will be working with California Community College ag faculty throughout the state to develop educational modules that can be quickly embedded in current courses at any community college.

Walt Duflock

Drew McDonald, the Senior Vice President of Quality & Food Safety at Taylor Fresh Foods, shared his insights on April 4 in a virtual webinar with the inaugural class of the Western Growers Food Safety Cohort.

The webinar, entitled “A Year of Food Safety Acceleration for Rapid Diagnostics and Prevention Technologies,” focused on McDonald’s “three C’s” that are vital to the industry: “keep it cold, keep it clean - and keep it cold.”

Ann Donahue

The Arizona Department of Water Resources and Central Arizona Project are hosting a joint Colorado River shortage briefing on May 6.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. in person at CAP Headquarters in the Lake Mead Conference Room at 23636 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85024. In addition, the briefing will be livestreamed at the CAP website.

Items on the agenda include a Colorado River hydrology update, a 500+ plan update and a 2023 water delivery outlook.

Robert Medler

Western Growers is sponsoring the 17th Annual Western Food Safety Conference, which will be held May 4-5, 2022 at Hartnell College in Salinas, Calif. This will be a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual attendance via Zoom.

The speakers from Western Growers include Sonia Salas, the AVP of Science; Dennis Donohue, the Executive Director of the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology; Afreen Malik, the Science Programs Director; and Walt Duflock, the Vice President of Innovation.

Ann Donahue

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