President Obama visited the drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley last Friday to tour the area of the state hardest hit by the lack of water and to see first-hand the acres being fallowed at a local farm. The president toured Del Bosque Farms, owned by Western Growers’ member, Joe Del Bosque, who has been at the leading edge of the drought conversation for weeks now. Obama later had a listening session with California ag leaders, water managers and other impacted stakeholders. As part of the visit, Western Growers’ President and CEO Tom Nassif was one of a handful of invited participants in the discussions which included Senators Feinstein and Boxer, Governor Brown, Congressman Costa and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. Discussions centered on the current drought, its impact on agriculture and Central Valley communities as well as federal government responses to the situation.
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