Sonia Salas
Western Growers, Senior Director, Science & Technology

Sonia E. Salas joined Western Growers as Senior Loss Control Consultant in October 2007 and was assigned to assist Western Growers Insurance Services clients with their loss control and safety needs. Prior to joining Western Growers, Sonia managed food safety and quality assurance systems and implemented federal/state requirements in the food industry. She has directed, coordinated and performed bilingual workshops on food safety, food quality and workers safety among other subjects. She has over ten years of food and workplace safety experience. In April 2009, Sonia was promoted to Science & Technology Manager and later on January 2013 to Director of Science & Technology. As director of this division, she is responsible for monitoring scientific and technological advancements and policy changes to keep Western Growers members abreast of these developments. 

Sonia has played a key role in the development, update and implementation of several commodity specific food safety guidelines. She manages and administers government grants as well as represents Western Growers among different groups and coalitions. Sonia has published several articles in the Western Grower & Shipper Magazine and has started and continued strategic alliances with entities such as NASA, the FDA, universities and private organizations serving agriculture. 

Sonia is member of the Honor Society of Agriculture, Gamma Sigma Delta. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the Agricultural Pan-American School “Zamorano” in Honduras, Central America. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Agriculture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Contact information

Contact Email:
ssalas@wga.com
949-885-2251

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Aug 13, 2013

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Jul 09, 2013

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Jun 13, 2013

In addition to the significant increase in fertilizer prices over the past decade, specialty crop producers are under increasing regulatory pressure to improve nutrient management practices to protect drinking and environmental water quality.

Apr 25, 2013

Western Growers accepted comments and proposed revisions to the leafy green guidance documents utilized by the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements (LGMA) in Arizona and California from February 1 to March 1. As part of this amendment process, WG will host a webinar April 30.

Apr 11, 2013

Western Growers accepted comments and proposed revisions to the leafy green guidance documents utilized by the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements (LGMA) in Arizona and California from February 1 to March 1. As part of this amendment process, WG will host a webinar April 30.

Mar 14, 2013

The Produce Safety Alliance, in collaboration with the FDA, will be hosting a series of Q & A teleconferences to discuss specific sections of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Proposed Produce Safety Rule.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions directly to the FDA staff.  Dr.

Mar 07, 2013

The Produce Safety Alliance, in collaboration with the FDA, will be hosting a series of Q & A teleconferences to discuss specific sections of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Proposed Produce Safety Rule.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions directly to the FDA staff.  Dr.

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