IRVINE, Calif. (November 9, 2016) – Following the results of the 2016 presidential election, Tom Nassif, President and CEO of Western Growers, issued the following statement:
“Western Growers congratulates President-elect Donald Trump, Vice President-elect Mike Pence and the Republican Party on well-earned victories in the 2016 general election. In the aftermath of a historically-divisive political season, we encourage our elected leaders to mend broken fences and redouble their efforts to solve the many challenges facing our country.
Like the silent majority of voters who turned out at the polls all across the country, our members – the farmers who grow more than half of the nation’s fruits and vegetables – want a government that functions, one that is responsive to the needs of our nation and industry. We are optimistic that President-elect Trump, the administration he installs and the 115th Congress will work together to pursue pragmatic solutions to key agricultural issues, including immigration reform, water supply, environmental regulations, international trade and the farm bill.
I am proud of my personal endorsement of President-elect Trump during the early stages of his campaign. As a co-chair of his agricultural advisory team, I had the opportunity to advise President-elect Trump on subjects critical to the fresh produce industry, including water, immigration and environmental reform.
In the coming months and throughout his administration, Western Growers will continue to stand at the forefront of the fresh produce industry and provide President-elect Trump with the support he needs to help enact policies that will ensure the long term viability of Arizona, California and Colorado family farmers.”