The Western Growers Board of Directors, led by Chairman Bruce Taylor, concluded three-successful days of meetings and activities in Sacramento today highlighted by high level dialogues with state officials and regulators. The meeting kicked-off on Tuesday with a frank discussion with Governor Jerry Brown about issues facing the agriculture industry, and ended today with board members hearing reports and discussing a variety of topics including water, immigration, transportation, and food safety issues. Cal/EPA Secretary Matthew Rodriguez and Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) also addressed the board on the first day.
During committee sessions on Wednesday, board members heard from several special guests, including: Christine Baker, director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR); Julianne Sum, acting chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH); Dee Dee D’Adamo, a member of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB); and Mike Guidicipietro of USDA-APHIS. The WG Political Action Committee also heard from Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff and Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway.
Several legislators also took the time to attend some of this week’s activities. On Wednesday evening, nine members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation, including six assembly members and three senators, along with several staff, attended the reception set up specifically for them. Assemblyman Ricardo Lara introduced the members and spoke to the attendees as did Assemblyman Luis Alejo.
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