Larry Cox, owner of Lawrence Cox Ranches in Brawley, California, became the new chairman of Western Growers. Cox assumed the reigns from Vic Smith, President and CEO of JVSmith Companies in Yuma, Arizona. The transition took place at the board meeting yesterday which occurred during the 90th Annual Meeting being held in San Diego. He will officially take over the duties of chairman at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. Cox was first elected to the board in 2009. 

Jeff Janas

The 90th Annual Meeting kicks off this Sunday with our Welcome Reception, which is a great opportunity to socialize and network with old and new friends. But that’s not the only opportunity attendees will have to unwind and mix and mingle. Our Suppliers’ Event this coming Monday night will get the Party in the Paddock started by featuring the self-described “out-of-your-seat” music of the Pink Flamingos.   

Yesterday, Western Growers’ Board Member Sonny Rodriguez (The Growers’ Company -- Somerton, Ariz.) and WG associate member, Phil Townsend, (Sunlund Chemical -- Yuma, Ariz.) participated in the 'Walk of the Farmworker' tour on Arizona’s San Luis border. Hunter Moore from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's office and congressional staff from the offices of Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally (AZ-2) and Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake also joined them. The tour was followed by ‎a meeting with local growers to discuss labor and H-2A issues, as well as water and food safety issues.  

Jeff Janas


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