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July 30, 2015

Assemblyman Dodd Visits Pacific Coast Producers

Pictured in photo from left to right: Chris Ward, Plant Manager with Pacific Coast Producers, Mona Shulman, VP & General Counsel with Pacific Coast Producers, Assemblyman Bill Dodd (D-Napa), and Will Arnold with Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis).

Pictured in photo from left to right: Chris Ward, Plant Manager with Pacific Coast Producers, Mona Shulman, VP & General Counsel with Pacific Coast Producers, Assemblyman Bill Dodd (D-Napa), and Will Arnold with Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis).

Ag Council thanks Assemblyman Bill Dodd (D-Napa) for touring Pacific Coast Producers’ tomato processing plant located in the legislator’s district in Woodland on July 29. Pacific Coast Producers is a grower-owned cooperative with three plant locations: Lodi, Oroville and Woodland.

Assemblyman Dodd and his staff, as well as a staff member from Senator Lois Wolk’s (D-Davis) office, viewed the operations in full swing during harvest season. The Woodland plant is where Pacific Coast Producers processes and cans private label tomatoes in the form of paste, puree, stewed and diced tomatoes, among other tomato products. The tomatoes are grown and harvested within a 16-mile radius of the Woodland facility.

Several policy issues were discussed during the visit including water use, the drought, sustainability, energy and climate change.

The day prior to Assemblyman Dodd’s visit, a group of state regulatory officials and Ag Council staff participated in a tour of Pacific Coast Producers’ Woodland facility where various regulatory-focused issues were discussed.

Ag Council appreciates Assemblyman Dodd for taking the time during the legislative recess to visit with and learn more about our members.

We also thank Pacific Coast Producers for their outreach to state officials. Tours are an important part of Ag Council’s effort to connect with legislators and regulatory officials to discuss critical issues facing our members.

Californians Reduce Water Use by Over 27 Percent

Today, the State Water Resources Control Board announced that Californians decreased their water use by 27.3 percent in June, which is the first month of the implementation of Governor Jerry Brown’s mandatory 25 percent urban water reductions.

To read the State Water Resources Control Board’s announcement, click HERE.

In Case You Missed It

On July 28, given the severe and ongoing drought, Ag Council released a statement to remind consumers and the media of how the drought is impacting California farmers, as well as provide information about the significant water efficiency measures farmers have implemented and continue to undertake.

“It shouldn’t be green lawns versus green vegetables,” said Ag Council President Emily Rooney. “We are all in this together, and we want Californians to understand how the drought is affecting small family farms and the food supply by providing reliable, consistent information.”

To continue reading, click HERE for the media release posted onBusiness Wire.