Date: Dec 22, 2020

IRVINE, Calif. (December 22, 2020) – In response to California Governor Gavin Newsom appointing California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' Senate seat, Western Growers President & CEO Dave Puglia issued the following statement:

“On behalf of Western Growers, we congratulate Alex Padilla on this new opportunity and look forward to working with him and his team to address the many challenges facing the California growers and processors who provide the most nutritious and responsibly-produced fresh produce in the world. The next Congress will have opportunities to work in the spirit of compromise on tough issues, including immigration reform, trade policy, water infrastructure and much more. As a state legislator, Alex Padilla consistently listened to all stakeholders and gave serious weight to the facts. These qualities will serve California well as he takes his place in the U.S. Senate.”


About Western Growers:
Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico. Our members and their workers provide over half the nation's fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, including nearly half of America's fresh organic produce. Some members also farm throughout the U.S. and in other countries so people have year-round access to nutritious food. For generations, we have provided variety and healthy choices to consumers. Connect with and learn more about Western Growers on our Twitter and Facebook.

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