U.S. Specialty Crop Industry Reacts to USDA Direct Payment Plan

The leaders of a national coalition of organizations representing specialty crop producers reacted to the details of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s direct payment program for farmers and ranchers impacted by COVID-19.

Western Growers Board Selects Dave Puglia as Next President and CEO

October 17, 2019 Western Growers

The Western Growers Board of Directors has unanimously selected Dave Puglia as the organization’s next President and Chief Executive Officer. Puglia will succeed current President and CEO Tom Nassif, who is retiring after 18 years as a forceful and effective leader in the nation’s agriculture industry, on February 1, 2020.

Tom Nassif to Be Honored for Extraordinary Contributions to the Fresh Produce Industry

September 11, 2019 Western Growers

Tom Nassif, president and CEO of Western Growers since 2002, has been named the 2019 Award of Honor recipient for his innovative approach to addressing key issues confronting agriculture and unprecedented influence in shaping the fresh produce industry. The Award of Honor is Western Growers’ highest recognition of industry achievement.

Western Growers Launches New Technology-Driven Food Safety Risk Management Program

June 28, 2019 iFoodDecisionSciences

“This industry-driven solution is a momentous step in taking control of supply chain food safety and traceability issues as identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,” said Tom Nassif, president and CEO of Western Growers.