U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez met with several agricultural organizations this week to discuss several issues, including the recent port debacle, immigration, hot goods and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The meeting was held at the WAPA offices in Fresno and occurred at the request of Congressman Jim Costa, who took the opportunity of the Secretary’s visit to meet with agriculture officials on these important issues. CCGGA President/CEO Roger Isom focused on the impact of the port situation on the cotton industry, and reminded the Secretary of the importance of addressing the issue moving forward to prevent it from happening again. Isom thanked the Secretary for his critical assistance in helping bring the negotiations to a close. Also, in the discussions, the Secretary agreed and emphasized the need to get the parties together again to work on a permanent long term solution. There was talk on immigration, ICE audits and the impact of Hot Goods. Included in the meeting were the California Fresh Fruit Association, California Citrus Mutual, and the Nisei Farmers League.