(Aug. 25, 2:25 p.m.) Ben Stein, probably best known for his dry wit while delivering economic advice on national television or perhaps his monotone as the economics teacher in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” is the evening’s entertainment at the Western Growers’ 83rd annual meeting.

Stein is scheduled to speak at the event’s awards dinner, Nov. 12. The meeting is Nov. 9-12 in La Quinta, Calif., at the La Quinta Resort and Club.

“We look forward to having Ben Stein at this year’s award dinner,” said Tom Nassif, president and chief executive officer, in a news release. “His wit and experience, serving under two U.S. presidents, writing for the Wall Street Journal and entertaining millions of Americans makes him the ideal personality to delight Arizona and California’s family farmers.”

A Columbia University graduate in economics, Stein was a speechwriter for presidents Nixon and Ford. He has served as an economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce and written several books. He had his own television program, “Win Ben Stein’s Money,” on Comedy Central and he is still active in the film industry, according to the release.

Educational workshops at the conference will offer those attending a chance to “Meet the Media” and about sustainability as it relates to the fresh produce industry.