CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and Ag Leaders Meet with Governor Brown on Trade Tariffs

State Board President Don Cameron, left, next to Governor Brown and CDFA Secreatary Karen Ross. Other meeting attendees included Rob Yraceburu, Wonderful Orchards LLC; Carolyn Wasem, Jackson Familiy Wines; David Ahlem, Hilmar Cheese Company; Dan Sumner, UC Ag Issues Center; Mike Gallo, Joseph Gallo Farms; Aaron Lange, Lange Twins; Jonathan Hoff, Monte Vista Farming; Frank Muller, Muller Ranch; Rayne Thompson, Sunkist Growers and Fruit Growers Supply Company and Paul Wenger, Wenger Ranch.
CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and State Board of Food and Agriculture President Don Cameron joined a group of agricultural leaders yesterday to discuss trade issues with California Governor Jerry Brown. California is the largest agricultural producer and exporter in the nation. Recent trade actions by China and other foreign governments to increase tariffs will have a large potential trade impact on the state’s farmers, ranchers and farmworkers.
Farm leaders were able to express to the governor the need for a quick federal resolution on tariff and trade negotiations because the major shipping seasons for a variety of California products is quickly coming upon us. California exports more than 31 percent of the nation’s dairy products; 91 percent of wine; 56 percent of citrus; and 100 percent of table grapes, tree nuts and other products. Tariffs are not only impacting current shipments, but also impacting food processing/canning with increases on steel as well as other on-farm costs.
California farmers and ranchers are seeking immediate resolution to the ongoing tariff and trade re-negotiations to keep exports growing and farmers farming. Every dollar of agricultural exports stimulates another $1.28 in business activity according to USDA. California exports more than $20 billion in agricultural products.
This article was submitted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Office of Public Affairs.