It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Neal Jack on December 15, 2020, at 97 years old. Neal was an industry icon, pioneering innovator in the Imperial Valley and a leading force behind Jack Bros., a founding member of Western Growers Association.

Neal captained Jack Bros. for nearly four decades, putting virtually every dollar earned during his tenure into improving the ground. Additionally, as a World War II and the Korean War veteran, Neal radically modernized farming by bringing many of the innovations used in the military back to the ranch.

Stephanie Metzinger

President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack as secretary of agriculture. Vilsack, who is currently President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, previously served eight years as agriculture secretary in the Obama administration.

Cory Lunde

A USDA Inspection Certificate is the primary document that certifies the quality and condition of the produce shipped and will definitively establish either compliance or a breach of contract. The USDA certificate is an unbiased third party governmental official determination of the produce at contract destination and is considered prima facie evidence in a potential PACA proceeding, as well as in civil court.

Bryan Nickerson

Join the Western Growers Center of Innovation and Technology and the California Israel Chamber of Commerce for an open discussion on channel distribution in the U.S. agriculture market. On December 9, 2020, WG’s Walt Duflock and Dennis Donohue will join agtech subject matter experts for a Q&A session designed to provide insight on developing technologies for the ag market, challenges entrepreneurs face, factors affecting distribution channels and more.


Understanding the U.S. Agriculture Channel Distribution

Chardae Heim


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