Western Growers

2023 Annual Meeting

Join us November 12-15, 2023 at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa for the 97th Western Growers Annual Meeting

Western Growers is proud to bring together the key decision-makers among America's premier growers, shippers, and processors, including suppliers and fresh produce-industry allies, for Western Growers 97th Annual Meeting, November 12-15, 2023. Surrounded by the beauty of Hawaii at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, attendees will enjoy valuable networking, exceptional speakers, and compelling presentations. This year will bring an encore round of the popular AgSharks Competition, a Western Growers trademark event that supports startups creating modern solutions for agriculture. 

Don't miss this, Western Grower's most popular annual event. We look forward to seeing you and your families this November! 

Keynote Speaker:
Jim Carroll

Don’t know much about artificial intelligence (AI) but wish you did? AI is already arguably the most disruptive technology in human history, but what will it mean for agriculture and the future of food production? During the Chair’s Luncheon, world-renowned futurist and AI expert Jim Carroll will deliver compelling insight into how AI is transforming our industry and what your company can do to stay ahead of this emerging megatrend.

Kick-Off Keynote:
Temple Grandin, PhD

Mary Temple Grandin is an American academic and animal behaviorist. She is a champion of the humane treatment of livestock, autism rights and inclusive neurodiversity by employing her gifted insights from her personal experience with autism and visual thinking. She will provide insight into how different ways of thinking can help solve problems that your industry may face.

PAC Luncheon:
Michael Shellenberger

Michael Shellenberger, leading investigative journalist and Founder and President of Environmental Progress, will be joining the Western Growers Annual Meeting as a guest speaker at the annual PAC Luncheon.

Western Growers and s2G Ventures have hosted AgSharks since 2017 to help budding agtech startups bring their inventions from development to market. This unique event allows startup companies to pitch their innovations in from of a live audience of the world’s largest specialty crop producers to win a $250,000 minimum investment.

2023 Award of Honor:
John D'Arrigo

This year, Western Growers will present the 2023 Award of Honor to D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California CEO/President and Chairman of the Board John D’Arrigo. The Award of Honor is Western Growers’ highest recognition of achievement and is given to individuals who have contributed extensively to the agricultural community.

Award of Honor Dinner Entertainment: Tom Papa

Comedian Tom Papa will perform during the entertainment portion of this year’s Award of Honor Dinner Gala. One of America’s top comedians, Papa will provide an evening of laughter and entertainment.  Mark your calendars for November 12-15 and get ready to laugh with Tom Papa at the Western Growers Award of Honor Dinner!

2023 Diamond Sponsors

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