On Wednesday, 4-27-2016, NCAE Executive Member, Maureen Torrey of Torrey Farms (Elba, NY) testified on behalf of United Fresh before the House Agriculture Committee’s subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research. Other NCAE Members Organizations represented by the witnesses included: National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Illinois Farm Bureau, United Fresh, Northwest Horticultural Council, Texas Citrus Mutual and CropLife America.
This was the the third hearing in the series Focus on the Farm Economy. The seven witnesses provided insight and testimony into different programs and policies impacting farm efficiency, productivity, and profitability. Although the hearing was not dedicated to the labor problems that affect the industry, it was mentioned in many of the testimonies, with special attention drawn to the significant delays and regulatory burdens posed by the the H-2A program.
Witness List and Testimonies:
The Honorable Charles Conner, (Testimony) President & CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Washington, DC
The Honorable Jeff M. Witte, (Testimony) Secretary/Director, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Las Cruces, NM, on behalf of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
Ms. Maureen Torrey, (Testimony) Vice President, Torrey Farms, Inc. Elba, NY, on behalf of the United Fresh Produce Association
Ms. Kate Woods, (Testimony)Vice President, Northwest Horticultural Council, Yakima, WA
Mr. Richard Guebert, (Testimony) President, Illinois Farm Bureau, Bloomington, IL
Mr. Dale Murden, (Testimony) President, Texas Citrus Mutual, Mission, TX
Mr. Jay Vroom, (Testimony) President, CropLife America, Washington, DC