January 8, 2019

The Digital Edition of the January/February Issue of Western Grower & Shipper Is Available Now

The January/February issue of Western Grower & Shipper is now available online.

This issue includes:

Ratto Bros. Thrives with Unique Niche

Modesto,CA-based Ratto Bros Inc. has a long family history in agriculture and overtime has developed its own unique niche that sets them apart from other growers and shippers in the industry. Ron Ratto, currently serving as the Western Growers 2019 chairman, is the third generation of his family to run the business which grows dozens of vegetables both seasonal and year-round.

McInerney Set to Retire after 43 Years with Western Growers

After 43 years with Western Growers, Senior Executive Vice President Matt McInerney will retire in March 2019. As “one of the most respected ag leaders in the country” according to president and CEO Tom Nassif, McInerney has served with many generations of the same families throughout his tenure with the company. His unmatched knowledge of the fresh produce industry will be missed.

New Technology Shows Promise

Speed breeding is a practice used to speed up the growing process of plants by exposing them to an inordinate amount of light in a close greenhouse environment. This process, initially introduced by Australian researchers, has made its way to the United States and is being tested to speed up the development and breeding process of vegetables and other crops

ZAG Bringing IT Security Awareness to WG Center for Innovation &Technology

ZAG Technical Services Inc. is a leading IT consulting and services company dedicated to helping its clients succeed by reducing systemic risk, increasing productivity and ensuring security. ZAG joined the Western Growers family a few years ago as a Partner Sponsor for the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology. They are assisting agtech start-up companies in bringing their inventions from development to market.

To read other articles included in this issue click here.

For inquiries regarding Western Grower & Shipper magazine, please contact Stephanie Metzinger at (949) 885-2256.