The Western Growers Association, an agricultural trade association based in Irvine, Calif. whose members provide about half of the nation’s supply of fruits and vegetables, supports the U.S. Senate’s recent passage of the Emergency Drought Relief Act.

The bill was passed by the U.S. House earlier.

Dennis Nuxoll, Western Growers’ vice-president of federal government affairs, says, “We are pleased that the drought bill has moved out of the Senate.” 

“The effort by (U.S.) Senators Feinstein and Boxer (Calif.) to convince their Republican and Democratic colleagues of California’s pressing need for action has been commendable, and we applaud that significant effort.”

“It is our strong belief that this spirit of cooperation among the Democratic and Republican members of the California delegation to move on this Senate bill will carry over into the conference between both chambers. Indeed, without such cooperation we know nothing will be accomplished.”

Nuxoll concluded, “It is now time for solution-oriented work to begin in conference with the bill passed in the House of Representatives. It is our hope that the spirit of cooperation and bipartisanship prevail during that process.”