Over 35 legislative staff from assembly and senate districts across the state joined the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association and other members of the Agricultural President’s Council on a day-long agricultural tour. The group departed from the Capitol steps to Winters, CA to visit Mariani Nut Company’s almond and walnut hulling operation as well as their almond and walnut processing plant. This tour was meant to open the door to begin a conversation about agricultural issues with staffers having a real-world tie to what “agriculture” represents. Tour attendees were able to see the inner-workings of a large family operation, the advancement of technology the industry is implementing as well as how the business has evolved with regulations and laws. Other participants of the tour included Western Agricultural Processors Association, California Fresh Fruit Association, California Citrus Mutual, California Rice Commission and Western Plant Health Association.