Bayer Corp. announces that it will allocate $75,000 to underwrite the development of an Electronic University and a College of Science and Technology. The announcement was made at the 76th Annual Meeting of Western Growers Association (WGA).

A joint partnership between WGA and Bayer, the E-University will be an Internet-based resource to provide information and education on topics that impact the California and Arizona fruit and vegetable market, such as new trends, technologies, science and regulations.

“Bayer is pleased to have the opportunity to demonstrate our continued commitment to WGA and the Western Growers Charitable Foundation (WGCF),” says Jerry Philipp, Bayer western region manager. “Sponsoring the WGA E-University is just one step Bayer is taking toward attaining the shared goal of maintaining a strong and competitive fruit and vegetable market.”

Online training

An online training program, the WGA E-University will use the Internet and the WGA Web site (www.wga.com) to provide courses in food safety, integrated pest management (IPM), production and processing innovations, as well as many other areas that affect the production of fruits and vegetables in the western United States.

“Through our Web site, we are able to deliver timely and relevant information using interactive technologies like multimedia and Web-based learning,” says Hank Giclas, WGA Division of Science and Technology Affairs. “Partnering with Bayer to create the WGA E-University enhances our current educational outreach efforts, allowing WGA to deliver industry-relevant training courses to a greater number of WGA members.”

WGA planned to “open” the E-University in February.

Best known for its flagship product, Bayer Aspirin, Bayer Corp. produces a broad range of health care, life sciences and chemical products that help diagnose and treat diseases, purify water, preserve local landmarks, protect crops, advance automobile safety and durability, and improve people's lives.