Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 4418 News & Views Magazine EDITION 1, 2016 and Having a in Washington, D.C. Last year, CLFP stepped up its relationship building efforts in the nation’s capital through its first Washington, D.C., Fly-In. The trip’s success resulted in CLFP making it an annual event, and CLFP conducted its Second Annual Washington, D.C. Fly-In, March 15-17. The Fly-In delegation included CLFP members representing The Morning Star Packing Company, Horizon Nut, Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients, Ingomar Packing Company, Pacific Coast Producers and the Campbell Soup Company. The delegation met with the California Central Valley Congressional delegation on issues relating to water, trade and food labeling. In particular, CLFP urged Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to preempt state-level efforts to enact mandatory GMO labeling laws, arguing that a patchwork of state-by-state laws is detrimental to consumers and to producers. CLFP also urged Congress to pass bipartisan drought relief legislation in 2016. CLFP stated that in order to respond to current and future water shortages, Congress must provide federal agencies with more flexibility under existing environmental laws and regulations to encourage a more cooperative approach toward achieving multiple goals. D.C. Fly-In participant Nick Kastle of The Morning Star Packing Company and chair of CLFP’s Legislative Affairs Committee said it’s important for CLFP members to be part of such congressional visits so that legislators can hear directly from members. “When members attend, legislators are hearing it from the horse’s mouth about the issues we are facing,”Kastle said.“And it’s important that those at the federal level that support us see us face to face to know that we are engaged, and so that we can thank them for their support.” On the flip side, Kastle said it’s also imperative that repre- sentatives“on the other side of the table”know that we are active and observing. Past CLFP Chair Greg Estep of Olam Species & Vegetable Ingredients said CLFP’s second D.C. Fly-In trip allowed the organization to build on what it started last year. “I think the trip was very successful,”Estep said.“The key with these visits is you just keep building on it.They start to remem- ber you coming.” During the event, CLFP urged Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which offers significant opportunities for CLFP members. The agree- ment offers an historic opportunity to advance American trade relationships with some of the world’s most dynamic economies, expand economic growth and create new jobs in the food processing industry. Food processing is a $25 billion dollar industry in California, and the state exports about $11 billion worth of processed food products per year, accounting for about 15 percent of all U.S. processed food exports. TPP also was discussed by the CLFP delega- tion with Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. By TRUDI HUGHES & LISA JAGER, CLFP “I think the trip was very successful,” Estep said. “The key with these visits is you just keep building on it. They start to remember you coming.” Making an Impact