IRVINE, Calif. (October 28, 2021) – Out of more than 100 applicants, five agtech start-up companies have been selected to go head-to-head in the Western Growers/S2G Ventures 2021 AgSharks® Competition to win a $250,000 minimum investment and potential access to farm acreage to pilot their technologies. These startups, which are all developing systems and technologies that promote a more healthy and sustainable food and agriculture system, will pitch their inventions to a panel of AgSharks Judges in front of 400 fresh produce farmers and industry leaders during the WG Annual Meeting in San Diego on November 9, 2021.

Stephanie Metzinger

On October 27, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on “Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings.” 

The ANPRM provides information on heat stress in both indoor and outdoor workplaces and shares prevention measures. Importantly, OSHA seeks public comment on heat stress in the workplace as well as suggestions for prevention of heat-related injury and illness.

Jonathan Sarager

On December 1, 2021, the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) will be hosting its Produce Labor Conference to provide guidance on ag labor recruiting and retention in Colorado. The in-person conference will feature breakout sessions designed to help Colorado fruit and vegetable growers understand the current conditions with regulatory impacts; learn updates on current and new programs; and find innovative solutions for produce farms in Colorado.

Jason Resnick

It’s the final few days to sign up for the Western Growers 2021 Annual Meeting, as the deadline to register for the event at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego is Nov. 1.

The Annual Meeting will be held from Nov. 7 -10, and there are numerous can’t-be-missed educational opportunities and social events.

Keynote speakers include entrepreneur Magatte Wade; columnist, author and lawyer Gordon Chang and economic liberty, private property rights and free speech litigator Timothy Sandefur.

Ann Donahue

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