Regulatory produce inspections are taking place to verify compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Produce Safety rule in the United States. These farm inspections are executed by 42 state departments of agriculture and 2 departments of health that have cooperative agreements with the FDA. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) plays a key role in supporting successful collaboration and communication between regulatory agencies (state and federal) and produce stakeholders. Our featured speaker, Mr.

Sonia Salas

On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, representatives of the United States and China signed a phase one trade agreement that represents a positive step towards ending the nearly two-year-long trade war. Western Growers Board Chairman Ryan Talley of Talley Farms attended the White House signing ceremony on behalf of our membership.  WG’s official press release on the event can be viewed here.


Tracey Chow

Agriculture industry trailblazer and icon, Dr. Frieda Rapoport Caplan, passed away on January 18, 2020, at the age of 96. One of the first women to own and operate a business in the U.S. fresh produce industry, Dr. Caplan was responsible for introducing many new and exotic fruits and vegetables to the American consumer, including kiwifruit, which earned her the moniker, “Queen of Kiwi.” Her legacy, Frieda’s Specialty Produce, will be continued by her daughters, Karen and Jackie, and her granddaughters, Alex and Sophia.

Chardae Heim


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