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

In a recent survey of our members who use the H-2A program, more than half experienced delays in getting their workers last year. This year, with the influx of H-2B visa applications at the Department of Labor (DOL), and the greater overall demand for the H-2A program, there is a real concern that H-2A visa applications will be substantially delayed as the harvest season approaches for many of our members.

Jeff Janas

George Minoru Tanimura, farming giant and family patriarch of the Tanimura family, passed away on April 15, 2016, at the age of 100. 

The eldest of twelve siblings, George was forced to shepherd his family through such events as the Great Depression and World War II following the death of his mother, and some years later, of his father. Though the family lost everything they had as a result of interment during World War II, through hard work and savings, George managed to slowly rebuild the family farming venture into one of the world’s largest lettuce operations.

Jeff Janas


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