Members of the Western Growers Board of Directors are meeting in Washington, D.C. this week at a crucial moment for critical issues in the agriculture industry. While there, the board is meeting with national opinion and policy makers to discuss the need for immigration reform, specialty crop concerns with passage of the Farm Bill, food safety regulations and other pressing issues.
While immigration reform moves through Congress, leaders in the business, law enforcement and faith communities have partnered with Western Growers to host a round table forum to move the discussion closer to home.
It was a remarkable scene as WG President and CEO Tom Nassif sat in front of news cameras with United Farm Worker President Arturo Rodriguez, as well as other members of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition on April 18, and touted the compromise the ag leaders had reached on the agricultural guest worker component of comprehensive immigration reform.
“Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.” ~Virginia Burden, author
The mission statement of Western Growers is ever-present in my mind and in the minds of everyone who works on behalf of our members. Our mission: “To enhance the competitiveness and profitability of our members and to lead our members and the fresh produce industry toward a healthy, sustainable and profitable future.
Want to know more about the details of the Ag component of the U.S. Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill? Resources from Western Grower’s immigration reform webinar are now available online for those who weren’t able to attend the session Monday.
Western Growers announced Thursday it will host a webinar next week to cover the recently introduced immigration reform legislation. The webinar is designed to help you understand what this important legislation means for you and your business and how it will impact the agriculture industry.
Western Growers leadership is working with federal legislators to provide the agricultural community affordable alternatives and first-dollar coverage for undocumented workers that could emulate previously capped plans.
Tom Nassif is once again on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as a member of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, continuing talks and negotiations with representatives from the UFW and Senators Feinstein, Rubio, Bennet and Hatch.