The American Cancer Society’s California Division and Western Growers announced today a first-time collaboration to raise awareness about cancer prevention tied to healthy eating choices and critically needed funds to help finish the fight. Western Growers has committed $100,000 over two years to help support American Cancer Society programs, services, advocacy and cancer research efforts.
President and CEO of Western Growers Tom Nassif released the following statement in response to the introduction today of the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014:
“The state of California is facing potentially devastating drought conditions and Western Growers’ members and other producers across the state welcome the introduction of California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014 by Senators Feinstein and Boxer.
The California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014 provides congressional direction to federal agencies responsible for implementing federal regulations affecting operations of the Central Valley Project (CVP) and the State Water Project (SWP). The legislation mandates that for the duration of the current drought emergency that these agencies act with a sense of urgency and be as flexible as the law allows in order to minimize water supply reductions resulting from the application of those regulations. If enacted these changes would provide assistance to water users and our farmers who face critical shortages and as such Western Growers supports passage of this legislation in the Senate.
We hope that this bill will be promptly taken up and passed in the Senate so it can move quickly to a conference with the House bill passed last week. I believe if reasonable accommodation can be made between the two and merged into a single bill in a bipartisan effort, benefits can be realized by all California water users.
As we await Congressional action, we urge the Obama Administration to act with all due speed and exercise all discretion to facilitate water flow and transfer for the remainder of the year as precipitation falls.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE IRVINE, Calif. (February 7, 2014) -- Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif issued this statement following the signing of the Agriculture Act of 2014 by President Obama today in Michigan:
“On behalf of all the growers and members of Western Growers, I thank the President of the United States for signing into law the new five-year farm bill. On this occasion, I also want to express my deep thanks to Chairwoman Stabenow, Chairman Lucas, and Ranking Members Cochran and Peterson for the tremendous work they have done to complete this bill. Their hard work and the countless hours of work done by our industry champions in Congress -- especially our friends on the two Agriculture Committees -- has resulted in a good piece of legislation that will serve our industry well.
No bill, of course is perfect, but the hard work, fortitude and spirit of cooperation exhibited by all involved is a great example of what bipartisanship can accomplish. President Reagan used to talk about a shining city upon a hill and in a small way the farm bill serves as an important example of how legislation should and must be done in order to benefit us all. This farm bill is a product of tough negotiation, but it is also an example of what needs to be done more often in Congress -- all parties must work together and compromise for the greater good. I hope members of Congress point to the shining example of the farm bill as our nation grapples with other critical issues facing our industry, like immigration and the devastating drought we now face in California; all members of Congress need to focus on the greater good as they work cooperatively through problems.”
Statement by Western Growers president and CEO Tom Nassif on the release of the GOP Immigration Reform Standards:
“I applaud Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, and Whip Kevin McCarthy for their efforts to move immigration forward in the House. The standards drafted by the leadership represent a commitment to reforming our immigration system in a manner that respects the rule of law while strengthening the ability of agriculture to remain competitive in the world market. We especially applaud the specific acknowledgement of agriculture’s unique needs and look forward to working towards crafting a long term solution.
Irvine Calif. (January 22, 2014) -- Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif released this statement in response to a press conference held in Bakersfield, Calif., today with Speaker John Boehner and California members of Congress House Majority Whip, Kevin McCarthy; Congressman David Valadao; and Congressman Devin Nunes who have proposed legislation to address the worsening drought in California:
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IRVINE -- The following is a statement by Western Growers’ President and CEO Tom Nassif on Governor Brown’s declaration of a drought emergency today:
“We appreciate the action taken by Governor Brown today. Drought conditions are wreaking havoc on farmers in California, especially in the San Joaquin Valley. The situation is dire and requires the full attention of state and federal leaders which is why the declaration is so important.
“Western Growers is extremely disappointed with USDA’s termination of the proposed National Marketing Agreement for Leafy Greens.
After investing hundreds of man hours in the development of a proactive approach that would have afforded leafy green producers across the country an opportunity to craft their own food safety programs with oversight from USDA and FDA, the Agency has opted to step back."
Citing Doug Ose’s long commitment to the agricultural community, Western Growers has announced its endorsement of Ose for California’s 7th Congressional District.
“California family farmers have every confidence in Doug Ose’s proven abilities as a solutions-oriented leader,” said Western Growers CEO Tom Nassif. “Doug has always placed the interests of his community first, along with those of the family farmers that support thousands of local jobs and provide families a healthy source of food everyday.”
America’s nearly four billion dollar winter vegetable harvest is in jeopardy. The Obama Administration needs to take immediate action to expedite pending foreign worker visa applications that have been stalled during the government shutdown.
This Friday, local fresh produce farmers will team with staff from Western Growers, an agriculture trade association based in Irvine, CA, which represents specialty crop growers in Arizona and California, and visit five local schools who received grants this year.
Western Growers Foundation presented fifty Arizona K-12 schools with $75,000 in grant money to create and sustain their own edible gardens. Each school received $1,500. The grants were provided through the Arizona Department of Agriculture as part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant. Pending completion of paperwork, the schools will receive their funds by the end of this month.