Date: Oct 20, 2011

IRVINE, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2011)—Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif released the following statement on the retirement of Dennis Cardoza from the U.S. Congress:

“Dennis has been, and always will be, a true friend of California farmers. He championed the specialty crop title in the 2008 Farm Bill and has worked to ensure Central Valley farmers have a secure and reliable supply of water. He was always ready to listen to our concerns and take action when needed. I will miss working with Dennis as a member of the California Congressional delegation and wish him only the best as he leaves public service and begins life in the private sector.”

Nassif’s high-resolution headshot is available on request. Please e-mail

About Western Growers:

Western Growers is an agricultural trade association whose members from Arizona and California grow, pack and ship 90 percent of the fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in California and 75 percent of those commodities in Arizona. This totals about half of the nation’s fresh produce. Western Growers is headquartered in Irvine, Calif

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