IRVINE, Calif. (December 12, 2017) — Western Growers’ President and CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement regarding the Southern California wildfires:
“Our hearts go out to the people, communities and businesses affected by these devastating fires, including our farmers and their workers who grow produce in and around the areas ravaged by them. Western Growers has reached out to our members to express our concerns and offer our support, particularly in Ventura County. Many have suffered losses to housing and crops. Thankfully, to my knowledge, our members have not reported any serious injuries or deaths. Although fires have subsided in some areas, the threat remains real for many. We will continue to work with our members to assess the damage and offer whatever assistance possible to help them and their workers get through this difficult time. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with the emergency responders who are battling to contain the fires and prevent further destruction.”
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.