James Killer

Founder, Edilta

World is committed to making participation in the event a harass ment free experience for everyone, regardless of level experience gender, gender identity and expression

7:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Wednesday Wednesday, November 15

Western Growers 2023 Golf Tournament (Poipu Bay Golf Club)

Network with industry leaders and engage in friendly competition at the 2023 Western Growers Annual Meeting Golf Tournament held at the beautiful Poipu Bay Golf Course, adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, on the sunny south shore of Kauai.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Tuesday Tuesday, November 14

Award of Honor Reception

Join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as we take advantage of one final opportunity to socialize with our Western Growers family before heading into the capstone event, the Award of Honor Dinner Gala.

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Tuesday Tuesday, November 14

Award of Honor Dinner Gala Honoring 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.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Monday Monday, November 13

Kickoff 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.


As a faculty member with Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, she was named as one of the top 10 college professors in the United States in 2020. 


She is the author of more than 60 scientific papers on animal behavior, and more than a dozen books on animal behavior and autism, including her latest NY Times bestselling, book, Visual Thinking (2022).


Dr. Temple Grandin's remarkable influence in autism advocacy and farm-animal welfare continues to grow. This world-renowned and celebrated animal scientist has used her amazing talent in the classroom and research laboratories at Colorado State University to conduct research that translates to better industry practices and to train a new generation of scientists. Through her outstanding research and personal triumph, Dr. Grandin has enlightened the world about the humane handling of food animals and the unlimited possibility of the human spirit.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Monday Monday, November 13

PAC Luncheon

10:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Friday Sunday, November 12

Registration & Guest Services

Check-in with Western Growers staff to collect your badge and Annual Meeting materials