USDA-MRP Under Secretary Ibach Visits Grimmway Farms
BAKERSFIELD, CA, November 14, 2018—Last week United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach visited Grimmway Farms headquarters in Arvin, CA. Company president Jeff Huckaby led Under Secretary Ibach on a tour of Grimmway’s local farmland and facilities, highlighting carrot processing technology and organic vegetable harvest operations. Preceding the tour, Grimmway Farms hosted the November meeting of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture.
California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross joined Huckaby and other board members for the meeting. Following presentations and panel discussions, Under Secretary Ibach addressed the group on issues facing Grimmway Farms and the agriculture industry at the state and federal levels.
“We were honored to have Under Secretary Ibach visit Grimmway Farms and address the California State Board of Food and Agriculture,” said Huckaby. “We had productive discussions with the Under Secretary and were able to show him firsthand the importance of our industry in Kern County and California.”
The media and several members of the public presented the board with questions following the Under Secretary’s remarks.
“Meetings with our state partners are key to finding practical solutions to complex issues that benefit our farmers, ranchers and producers,” said Under Secretary Ibach. “Thank you, Secretary Ross, for inviting me to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture meeting.” As an advisory board to the governor and secretary, the California State Board of Food and Agriculture addresses key issues that are of importance to California’s farmers and ranchers, community stakeholders and citizens. The board meets monthly—all meetings are open to the public and attendance is welcome.
About Grimmway Farms
Established in 1969, Grimmway Farms began as a roadside stand in Anaheim, CA. Now one of the largest carrot producers in the world, they are deeply committed to caring for their customers, protecting the environment and preserving natural resources by employing sustainable practices in all aspects of their business.