Event Details

  • April 16, 2021 to
    May 6, 2021
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • $250.00
  • Please Click on the Link below for more Information including Early-Bird Registration
  • Get Tickets


  • Hartnell College Main Campus
  • 411 Central Ave
  • Salinas, CA 93901
  • 831-775-0903

Event Description

Western Food Safety Summit -- The Importance of Food Safety

The Western Food Safety Summit at Hartnell College will go virtual on May 5th & 6th, inviting Attendees from across California and the entire country to view Live Presentations from industry-leading Scientists, Managers and Executives.



The two-day event will use the online Zoom platform to explore strategic field-to-fork innovations in equipment, technology and soil and water management, while assuring the safety of all involved amid the ongoing Pandemic.

As in years past, the summit’s information sessions are aimed at a cross-section of players in the fresh fruits and vegetables industry, from executives such as growers, processors, coolers, shippers and suppliers to food safety directors and supervisors and quality-assurance foremen and crew leaders.

Students and faculty in Hartnell’s agricultural career programs will also participate.


Dr. Raúl Rodríguez, Interim Superintendent/President of the Hartnell Community College District, will open the summit on May 5th with a greeting and overview at 9:00am.

Morning keynotes will be delivered on May 5th by Tim York, Chief Executive Officer for the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, and on May 6th by Dennis Donohue, Director of The Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology in Salinas, which is presenting the summit in partnership with the Hartnell College Agricultural Business & Technology Institute.


Examples of the Presenters and their Topics include the following:

“Lessons learned from Field-Based Research following the 2018 (E. coli) Outbreak” by Dr. Channah Rock, Professor of Environmental Sciences and Water Quality Specialist with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.
“Steps in developing a Comprehensive Irrigation Water Treatment Program” by Bob Mills, Director of Food Safety/Technical Services at The Harbinger Group, LLC Misionero.
“Data Sharing - a Different Industry-FDA Approach to conduct Product Testing” by Sonia Salas, Assistant Vice President for Food Safety, Western Growers.



To take advantage of the $250.00 Early Registration Fee, a savings of $45 per individual, visit the summit website at: https://thewesternfoodsafetysummit.com/

The registration deadline is April 15th and a discounted early-bird price of $250.00 is available through February 28th. Space is limited.

Attendees will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the summit.


Opportunities are avaiulable for Sponsors and Virtual Exhibitors. Information is also available on the website regarding $1,000 event sponsorships that offer significant exposure to produce industry audiences throughout the event, including opportunities to share information as virtual exhibitors via social media including a one-minute video played throughout the conference.

Each sponsorship includes one complimentary registration and a complimentary sponsor’s booth in the virtual exhibitor area online.

For more information, please contact Clint Cowden at (831) 755-6702 or at ccowden@hartnell.edu