Date: Jan 17, 2014

IRVINE -- The following is a statement by Western Growers’ President and CEO Tom Nassif on Governor Brown’s declaration of a drought emergency today:
“We appreciate the action taken by Governor Brown today.  Drought conditions are wreaking havoc on farmers in California, especially in the San Joaquin Valley.  The situation is dire and requires the full attention of state and federal leaders which is why the declaration is so important.
"We look to the Governor and the Obama Administration to take emergency actions to ensure speedy approval of any water transfers that are still possible. Just as importantly, if we are fortunate and California receives even a moderate amount of precipitation this year, we look to the Obama Administration to allow the state and federal water projects that convey water from the north to the south, to operate at the highest end of their discretion within the existing rules limiting water exports to protect fish species, when pulse flows reach the Delta. 
"We continue to pray for rain and snow, and appreciate the support of our elected leaders during times like these when the forces of nature go against us.”

About Western Growers:
Since 1926, we have represented local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona and California. Our members provide half the nation’s fresh fruits and vegetables including a third of America’s fresh organic produce. Some 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 as the first line of defense against obesity and disease. We grow the best medicine in the world.™


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