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.
With water issues high on the list of priorities, it was timely that Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer introduced legislation to address the drought ravaging California and much of the West. Western Growers took the opportunity to issue a statement by President and CEO Tom Nassif praising the introduction of the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2015. Nassif also expressed the urgent need for the Senate to act quickly on legislation that addresses the needs of all western states being affected by drought.
Following the board meeting, Nassif was thankful for the progress and consensus reached by directors on difficult issues they face as growers and shippers of fresh produce. “It was an extraordinary meeting and I am always encouraged by the intense amount of work that gets accomplished at the committee level by the volunteer members of our board. Their dedication to the association and the industry is invaluable and is always appreciated,” Nassif said.
The next board meeting will take place in November during Western Growers’ Annual Meeting in San Diego at the Grand Del Mar.
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