July 05, 2017

Sen Harris Discusses Critical Issues Facing CA Agriculture Community

FRESNO – Today, U.S. Senator D. Kamala Harris toured the Fowler Packing Company in Fresno and held an agricultural roundtable discussion. Harris heard directly from agricultural and local leaders about their priorities, including the reauthorization of the Farm Bill.

“I am here today to continue the conversation with our growers to make sure that when I’m addressing these issues in Washington, I am in touch with the real concerns of the folks in this community,” Harris said. “What came out of our meeting includes and reinforces what we know is a real issue for California in terms of our agricultural community, which is that we’re losing workers. So I’m also proud to be cosponsoring a bill with Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Agricultural Worker Program Act, which will give folks who are working on the farms protections around their document status and allow them to work and get on a path towards citizenship.”

The Fowler Packing Company is one of the largest growers of fresh table grapes and citrus in the entire nation and leads the agricultural industry in the most advanced non-invasive farming practices available. The Fowler Packing Company also uses cutting-edge drip irrigation systems, eco-friendly pest management programs, and has one of the largest solar installations in California. Additionally, they offer on-site cafeterias where free meals are available to all employees, and provide a health clinic for employees and their families.

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