August 2011- Ag Legal Network
Agriculture is surely the older profession, but lawyers have been around almost as long.
Though the legal profession has no doubt been interacting with producers of crops for generations, their presence in the western fresh produce industry became very visible in the 1960s and ‘70s when farm worker unionization was in its heyday. A cadre of lawyers sprang up to offer aid to the workers and the industry countered with its own battalion of attorneys. In fact, it is how WG President and CEO Tom Nassif began his career in the farming sector. Western Growers was a particularly active recruiter of attorneys as its law department once featured more than a dozen members of the law profession. Today many of those attorneys are in private practice but still specializing in ag law, though it has changed over the years.
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