Grimmway Farms Welcomes USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach for Tour and Board Meeting
- by Jessica Donnel
BAKERSFIELD, CA - Grimmway Farms welcomed United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach to its Arvin, CA, headquarters last week, highlighting Kern County and California agriculture. During the Under Secretary’s visit, company President Jeff Huckaby led a tour of the company’s local farmland and facilities, showcasing carrot processing technology and organic vegetable harvest operations.
Grimmway Farms and California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross also hosted the November meeting of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture during the Under Secretary’s visit.
“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.”
During the meeting, Under Secretary Ibach addressed the group on issues facing Grimmway Farms and the agriculture industry at the state and federal levels.
“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.”
According to a press release, the California State Board of Food and Agriculture acts as advisor to the governor and secretary, addressing key issues that are of importance to California’s farmers and ranchers, community stakeholders, and citizens. Board meetings—which are open to the public—occur monthly.