BAKERSFIELD, CA — This past week United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky, Deputy Press Secretary Alec Varsamis and Senior Congressional Advisor Veronica Wong visited Grimmway Farms headquarters in Arvin, CA. Conducted under the leadership of Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, the visit to Grimmway signified one of many listening sessions the Deputy Secretary is pursuing to learn more about key issues facing California farmers. The topics discussed ranged from immigration to water rights. Company President Jeff Huckaby met with Deputy Secretary Censky to discuss concerns regarding guest worker programs, global trade and tariffs, and the impact water will have on farmers as well as the entire country.
After the listening session Huckaby led Censky on a tour of local farmland and facilities, highlighting carrot processing technology and organic vegetable harvest operations. At the fields Huckaby shared insights on the growth of organics in the produce industry and the production developments necessary to meet the demands of this growing category. Grimmway leadership representative Brandon Grimm also met with Deputy Secretary Censky to discuss how the Food Safety Modernization Act and the new FDA audits are being implemented at Grimmway and Cal-Organic Farms facilities.
“We were honored to host Deputy Secretary Censky to discuss the issues facing our operation and others in California,” said Huckaby. “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.”
Following the Grimmway Farms visit, Deputy Secretary Censky, Congressman Kevin McCarthy and legislative team members held roundtable discussions with other California farmers to continue conversations about the struggles and successes felt across the agriculture industry.
About Grimmway Farms
Family-owned and headquartered in Bakersfield, California, Grimmway Farms traces its roots to a produce stand opened by the Grimm brothers in the early 1960s. Grimmway is a global produce leader and the world’s largest producer of carrots. Grimmway supplies more than 65 organic, USA-grown crops and brands include Cal-Organic Farms and Bunny-Luv. Grimmway is committed to caring for customers and employees, honoring sustainable practices and preserving natural resources for future generations. For more information, visit www.grimmway.com.