Earlier this week, the Western Growers’ Executive Committee and Arizona board members joined forces in Phoenix for annual Leadership meetings.   The WG directors, joined by WG President and CEO Tom Nassif and key staff, met with legislators, candidates, administration officials, political strategists and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry to discuss the 2014 elections and what they could mean for the future of Arizona and the fresh produce industry.  Immigration reform was a key discussion topic in the meetings.  

 

AnnaMarie Knorr

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) issued a medfly quarantine for the Central Los Angeles area after several pests were detected between March 3 and March 18.  Detections were found in traps between March 3 and March 12 and in backyard fruit on March 18.   The quarantine affects all growers, wholesalers, retailers and local residents in the 88-square mile quarantine zone near the University of Southern California.

 

Ken Gilliland

Tomorrow, Wednesday March 26, Western Growers will conduct a Lunch & Learn webinar updating the industry on the use of robotics for growing and harvesting specialty crops. 

This webinar will provide a brief overview of the current status of robotics in our industry and will highlight the causes of rapid automation during growing activities as well as the future, economic factors and limitations of robotic harvesting. A few examples of technologies currently used will be shared, including a lettuce thinner, intelligent grapevine pruner and a robotic harvester being used for strawberries.

Sonia Salas

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