Date: Nov 19, 2013
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The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC) is an effort aimed at answering the question of what sustainability means for producers and consumers of fruits, vegetables and tree nuts. This webinar is aimed at providing you with an update on the current SISC metrics, tools and pilots aimed at evaluating, measuring and reporting sustainability. In addition, you will hear about the potential for Western Growers to collect and understand information in the stewardship arena. Get involved and share your thoughts.

Don’t miss this important webinar:

11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. PST

Monday, November 25th



Hank Giclas has worked for Western Growers since 1990. In 2002, Hank was called on to start a new division that would concentrate on the science and technology issues facing agriculture. Today, Hank serves as Senior Vice President Strategic Planning, Science and Technology for Western Growers and is actively developing association leadership in the areas of sustainability, food safety, food security, crop production and protection as well as assisting in the implementation of the association’s strategic plan. He received his B.S. in Agricultural Education from the University of Arizona.

Andrew Arnold is the Sustainability Senior Associate of Sureharvest. Mr. Arnold has over 25 years of experience in the agrifood industry where he has focused on the intersection of business and information technology. His agrifood industry experience includes stints at E&J Gallo Winery and John Deere FoodOrigins.  His work with SureHarvest has focused on working with trade associations and agrifood companies to design, develop and implement sustainability programs as well as software applications to support the ongoing management of the programs.  He is also involved in a number of national agrifood sustainability initiatives.

Melanie Beretti is the Director of Business Development of Sureharvest. She is responsible to enhance and expand the company's business across the agrifood sector.  She leads the SureHarvest team to help companies integrate sustainability into their businesses to become more profitable, competitive and efficient.  She brings with her 15 years of experience working on market-based initiatives involving important issues such as food safety, pesticide use, biotechnology, land use, water quality, and conservation.  Ms. Beretti received her B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington, Seattle and her M.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Diane Wetherington is the Managing Director of Intertox Decision Sciences, LLC, a provider of analytical and research services, business risk assessments and software solutions for the produce and nanomaterial industries. Ms. Wetherington’s recent projects include evaluating commodity-specific best practices, characterizing processes and working with customers on process food safety and cost improvements.  She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in economics, both from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of the American Agricultural Economics Association, the International Association for Food Protection and serves on Produce Marketing Association’s Produce Safety, Science and Technology Committee.

WG Staff Contact

Sonia Salas
Assistant Vice President, Food Safety, Science & Technology

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