2017 Annual Meeting Wrap-Up

November 2, 2017News & Updates

The Western Growers 92nd Annual Meeting in Las Vegas concluded on Wednesday. More than 550 attendees enjoyed networking socials, captivating educations breakout sessions and thought-provoking keynote speeches. Highlights from the meeting include: BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING 2017 WG Chairman Sammy Duda (Duda Farm Fresh Foods) passed the gavel to Craig Reade (Bonipak Produce) to become … Read More

Meet the Sharks: Rob Yraceburu

October 20, 2017Speaker Bios

Wonderful Orchards LLC, President Rob Yraceburu is a fourth generation farmer of raisins and almonds. He is president of Wonderful Orchards, the world’s largest grower of almonds, pistachios and pomegranates.  Previously, Rob served 29 years with Wells Fargo Bank, most recently as head of its National Food and Agribusiness division. He received his bachelor’s degree … Read More

Meet the Sharks: Ryan Talley

October 20, 2017Speaker Bios

Talley Farms, Partner Oliver and Hazel Talley founded Talley Farms in the early 1950’s and the farm was passed down to their sons, Don and Ken. It is now farmed by the family’s third generation, spearheaded by Ryan Talley. Talley Farms is a grower-packer-shipper of fresh produce. Its commodities include bell peppers, cilantro, spinach, lettuce, … Read More

Meet the Sharks: Edwin Camp

October 20, 2017Speaker Bios

D.M. Camp & Sons, President In 1936, Edwin’s grandfather, W.B. Camp, founded the farming operation in Kern County and was later joined by his son, Don. The company farmed cotton and row crops, operated a seed potato farm in Washington and a cattle operation in South Carolina. Today, table and wine grapes, clementines, almonds, carrots, … Read More

Invited Cannabis Panelist: Lori Ajax

October 16, 2017Speaker Bios

In February 2016, Governor Brown appointed Chief Ajax as the first Chief of the newly formed Bureau of Cannabis Control. Prior to her appointment, Chief Ajax served as Chief Deputy Director at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control where she spent 22 years working her way up the ranks, starting at the investigator trainee level. … Read More

Cannabis Panelist: Henry Wykowski

October 16, 2017Speaker Bios

Henry Wykowski is recognized as one of the most respected cannabis attorneys in the country, and widely considered the counsel of choice for the most significant challenges facing the industry. As lead attorney, Henry has orchestrated the successful defense of the industry’s most important cases, including the forfeiture actions filed by the federal government against … Read More