Members of the Western Growers Board of Directors convened this week in Orange County under the leadership of Chairman Bruce Taylor to deliberate the top issues affecting the industry. High on the list of issues discussed were the drought and regulatory restrictions on water supply, food safety, labor union activities and immigration reform.  Several standing committees featured guest speakers.  Dr. Jay Famiglietti, a senior water cycle scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and David Orth, general manager of the Kings River Conservation District, presented to the Water Committee; Amy Wolfe, president and CEO of AgSafe, presented to the Labor Committee; and Dr. Jerry Baron, executive director of IR-4 presented to the Food Safety, Science & Technology Committee. 

Dave Puglia

As a member of the USDA’s Agriculture Policy Advisory Committee (APAC), Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif returned to Washington, D.C. for high-level meetings with members of the administration on agriculture trade policy.  The advisory committee system was created by the U.S. Congress in 1974 to ensure that U.S. trade policy and trade negotiating objectives adequately reflect U.S. public-and private-sector interests.

 

Many members of the House on both sides of the aisle have expressed the need to pass legislation fixing our broken immigration system. While the Senate took action by passing S. 744, the House has yet to pass a single bill to reform our immigration system. With 3 legislative days remaining until the House adjourns for its August recess, the urgency for action mounts as a key window for action closes.

Recap of immigration reform action by the U.S. House of Representatives for the day ending July 28, 2014:

Bills passed: 0

 

It has been ONE YEAR and 29 DAYS since the Senate passed S. 744 with no action by the full House.

As July 28, 2014, there are only 3 scheduled legislative days left to pass immigration reform before the House adjourns for its August recess.  

Twitter Hashtags: #ready4reform #ifarmimmigration #immigration #ActOnImmigration

Ken Barbic

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