IRVINE, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2011)—Mike Jarrard of Salinas, Calif.-based Mann Packing Company took the reins as 2012 chairman of the board at Western Growers 86th Annual Meeting in San Diego Nov. 6 to 9. Jarrard grew up in Bakersfield, Calif., on his family’s wheat and alfalfa farm. He graduated from the University of California, Davis with degrees in agriculture and economics, and joined Dole Fresh Vegetables after college. Jarrard joined Mann Packing in 1994 and became its president in 2006.

Wendy Fink-Weber

IRVINE, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2011)—Presidential candidate and former-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made a special phone call to the Western Growers 86th Annual Meeting in San Diego today to discuss agriculture’s top issues with leaders in the fresh produce industry. During the conference call, Romney reassured farmers who are currently facing serious challenges securing a legal, stable work force to produce the fresh food America depends on.

Wendy Fink-Weber


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