The Western Growers Board of Directors wrapped-up a successful meeting today in Orange County, having deliberated top issues affecting the fresh produce industry. Chairman Vic Smith of JV Smith Companies led two days of committee meetings and a general session that included policy discussions on water supply, labor, food safety, trade, transportation issues, and innovation.    

Jeff Janas

Western Growers Chairman Vic Smith will gavel to order the Orange County Board of Directors meeting tomorrow morning in Newport Beach. Committee meetings are scheduled all day on Wednesday and will include discussions on a variety of topics affecting the industry, including water, labor, food safety, agtech, legislative proposals, trade, and transportation issues. The full board will meet on Thursday to report on their respective discussions and to take up any items passed out of the committees.

Jeff Janas

Earlier this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service published revisions to the listing/delisting process for species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Western Growers filed comments with both agencies praising the revisions that have been proposed. The proposed revisions provide for more state government input and increase the amount of scientific evidence required in the process, both of which should result in a fairer and more balanced listing/delisting process.  

Jeff Janas


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