George Minoru Tanimura, farming giant and family patriarch of the Tanimura family, passed away on April 15, 2016, at the age of 100. 

The eldest of twelve siblings, George was forced to shepherd his family through such events as the Great Depression and World War II following the death of his mother, and some years later, of his father. Though the family lost everything they had as a result of interment during World War II, through hard work and savings, George managed to slowly rebuild the family farming venture into one of the world’s largest lettuce operations.

Jeff Janas

In case you haven’t noticed, your Association is growing. That’s right. Over 100 companies joined Western Growers during the last part of 2015 to take advantage of the Association’s many offerings.  From government affairs representation to insurance services and from human resources to transportation, WG provides a multitude of products and services that will improve your company’s bottom line. That is after all, our stated mission: to enhance the competitiveness and profitability of our members.

Jeff Janas

You may have met them at a reception, sat next to them during one of our lunches or dinners, or maybe even shared a drink or a laugh with them during the Annual Meeting. Who are they? They’re our Annual Meeting sponsors! Even though the event is in behind us, you can never say ‘Thank you!’ enough to those who support our association. Western Growers and our members owe a huge debt of gratitude to all those who sponsor the Annual Meeting year after year, as well as those who became first–time sponsors this year. 

Bayer CropScience, one of Western Growers’ Annual Meeting Platinum Sponsors, is looking to honor a grower whose thinking, practices and use of technology enhance the role of produce in creating better lives. Do you know anyone who fits that description? 

Specifically, the award will focus on growers whose innovations:

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.   

We would like to recognize and thank the companies who became part of the Western Growers family. Your support is appreciated. We look forward to working with you and your employees through 2015 and beyond.


Harvest Sensations LLC

Irigoyen Farms Inc

Never Bend LLC


California Heritage Mills Inc

Joe Muller & Sons

Galen Olesh Farms LLC

Materra Farming Company

Priority Pollination LLC

T & P Farms

West Family Farms Inc

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