CCGGA Congressional & Legislative Staff Tour

The California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association (CCGGA) in partnership with Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA) had the opportunity to tour California cotton and tree nut facilities in the Central Valley with staff from several congressional and legislative offices. The group included representatives from offices of Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congressman Jim Costa, Congressman TJ Cox, State Senator Anna Caballero, State Senator Melissa Hurtado and Assemblymember Frank Bigelow. The Association was represented by President/CEO Roger Isom, Director of Technical Services Chris McGlothlin, and Director of Regulatory Affairs Jodi Devaurs. The group was able to learn more about the processes of a cotton gin as well as learn about the various regulatory pressure gins and growers must comply with to operate in California including air quality controls and incentive programs, labor, crop protection tools and impacts of the trade issues on the California cotton market. The tour included stops to CCGGA member Mid-Valley Cotton Growers Gin as well as WAPA members Summerfield Farms, a walnut huller, and Central California Almond Growers Association, an almond huller/sheller. CCGGA has made an effort to not only build relationships with elected officials, but to provide tours to staff as well to help in better tell the story of the California cotton industry.