Date: Jun 19, 2014

Statement by Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif:

“Today, the House GOP Conference elected Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to serve as the next Majority Leader. Majority Leader-elect McCarthy represents the greater Bakersfield area in the San Joaquin Valley, which is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. We are very pleased to have our industry so well represented in the House Leadership structure. Majority Leader-elect McCarthy has provided critical leadership on a number of issues impacting the produce industry, including ensuring passage of a Farm Bill that recognizes the importance of fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, ongoing work to negotiate a solution to our water crisis, and of course working to address the immigration needs of agriculture. Time is short and the problems our country and industry face are urgent. We look forward to working this year with the new Majority Leader to bring relief to our drought stricken farmers and to finally fix our broken immigration system.” 

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