December 14, 2017

Ongoing Wildfires Prompt Nassif to Issue Statement

The wildfires in Southern California continue to rage on and dominate the news. People from all walks of life have been threatened and many have experienced significant losses, including many in the agriculture industry. Unfortunately, Western Growers’ members have not been spared. In response to the fires and to several media inquiries made, Tom Nassif, president and CEO of Western Growers issued the following statement:

“Our hearts go out to the people, communities and businesses affected by these devastating fires, including our farmers and their workers who grow produce in and around the areas ravaged by them. Western Growers has reached out to our members to express our concerns and offer our support, particularly in Ventura County. Many have suffered losses to housing and crops. Thankfully, to my knowledge, our members have not reported any serious injuries or deaths. Although fires have subsided in some areas, the threat remains real for many. We will continue to work with our members to assess the damage and offer whatever assistance possible to help them and their workers get through this difficult time. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with the emergency responders who are battling to contain the fires and prevent further destruction.”