John R. Norton III, who served as Western Growers’ Chairman in 1980 and was an Association Award of Honor recipient in 1985, has died. He was 87. Norton passed away on Sunday April 17, 2016, in Arizona, surrounded by family. His contributions as an industry pioneer and visionary are impossible to overlook and profoundly contributed to the success of Western Growers, helping to make it the forward-thinking organization it is today.

Jeff Janas

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will host a webinar on April 25 to discuss key pieces of the Food Safety Modernization Act Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food. Under this rule, anyone transporting human and animal food—including shippers, loaders, carriers and receivers—must follow sanitary transportation procedures, such as properly refrigerating food, ensuring vehicles are sufficiently cleaned between loads and protecting food during transportation.

Stephanie Metzinger

Western Growers’ members are invited to explore new technologies and innovations during the third annual Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Tech Knowledge Symposium on May 17-19 in Santa Clara, Calif.

At the event, entrepreneurs and solution providers can connect with potential investors during the “What’s the Pitch?” session, made possible by the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology. New business opportunities will unfold in front of attendees as start-ups present their ideas to venture capitalists and industry experts.

Stephanie Metzinger


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