USDA’s Censky visits Grimmway Farms to discuss labor, other issues
U.S. Department of Agriculture officials have again visited Grimmway Farms, for a listening session on issues facing California farmers, from immigration to water rights.
Deputy Agriculture Secretary Stephen Censky, Deputy Press Secretary Alec Varsamis and Senior Congressional Advisor Veronica Wong visited the company’s Arvin, Calif., headquarters in late August, according to a news release from Grimmway Farms.
Grimmway President Jeff Huckaby met with Censky to talk about guest worker programs, global trade and tariffs and water issues, according to the release.
“We had productive discussions with the deputy secretary and were able to show him firsthand how current legislation impacts our industry and the regulatory pressures farms face today,” Huckaby said in the release.
He led the USDA delegation on a tour of fields and farm facilities, including a carrot processing facility and organic vegetable harvesting.
They discussed the growing organic produce sector and the developments needed to meet the demand, according to the release. Brandon Grimm, Grimmway leadership representative, also discussed the Food Safety Modernization Act and new Food and Drug Administration audits the legislation mandates.
After the Grimmway visit, Censky, U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and legislative team members conducted roundtable discussion with other California farmers on issues they face, according to the release.