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Torrey Farms receiving Grower Achievement Award from United Fresh at DC conference
Submitted by Howard Owens on September 19, 2013 - 2:21pm
Torrey Farms is being honored Oct. 1 with the 2013 Grower Achievement Award by United Fresh, a growers' association.
One of county's largest farms, the Torreys are being recognized for grower operations that strive to grow and market high-quality produce while contributing to the good of the industry.
Maureen Torrey has become a strong advocate in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere for public policies that protect farmers and promote agriculture.
She has testified before the House Committee on Agriculture regarding the farm bill and immigration policy.
Last year, for example, Torrey Farms lost 92 of 100 employees working in the packing shed following an I-9 audit.
"The employees we lost averaged about 18 years of experience," Torrey told United Fresh. "Now we have to build it up from scratch."
The award will be given at the United Fresh annual Washington Public Policy Conference.
At the conference, produce industry leaders from across the supply chain meet with congressional lawmakers and their staff, as well as officials from the Food and Drug Administration to discuss policy issues that affect the agriculture industry.