California League of Food Producers 19 CLFP Members Have Voice CLFP members had the opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions on a variety of issues affecting the state’s food processing industry during CLFP’s Fourth Annual Washington, D.C., Fly-In, March 6-8. A delegation of CLFP members met with members of California’s Central Valley congressional delegation, as well as the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on issues related to trade, water, immigration and Farm Bill provisions. CLFP members that were part of the delegation repre- sented ConAgra Brands, The Kraft Heinz Company, Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients, Wilbur Packing Company, Campbell Soup Supply Company, Pacific Coast Producers and Ingomar Packing Company. The CLFP delegation expressed support for the expansion of international trade and investment, fair and equitable market access for California agricultural products abroad and the elimination of subsidies and tariffs and non-tariff barriers that impede the international competitiveness of California agricultural products. CLFP urged the Admin- istration to exempt tinplate steel and aluminum foil from his final steel tariff decision. The domestic food pro- cessing industry will face significant increases in food packaging input costs due to aluminum foil and tinplate steel not being available in the U.S. CLFP members voiced concerns about the chronic labor shortage in the agricultural industry. While CLFP applaud- ed the fact that Congress put agricultural labor reform on the public agenda, the delegation expressed concerns that the Agricultural Guest Worker Act fails to address the status of the existing agricultural workforce in California and across the country. The cap, "touch back" and E-Verify provisions of the bill are problem- atic in maintaining and growing a vital workforce in California agriculture. The delegation also voiced their concerns about the need for a long-term reliable water supply in California. They urged congressional representatives to help restore water reliability in California, in part by providing federal funds for the immediate development of additional storage. In addition, the delegation expressed support for legislation by Congressman David Valadao, R-Hanford, that would add long-term stability to the water system. Known as the GROW Act, for Gaining Responsibility on Water, the Valadao bill would aid in the construction of water-storage projects and enact additional reforms of regulations that limit water deliveries. CLFP also expressed support for H.R. 3402 introduced by Representatives Bruce Poliquin (R-ME), which will expand USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, an important school snack and education program to include all forms of fruits and vegetables, including fresh, frozen, canned, dried and pureed. In addition, CLFP supports H.R. 1241 by congressional representatives LaMalfa and Garamendi, which would require schools participating in the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs to purchase American food products with U.S. tax dollars and increase moni- toring and enforcement of the Buy American Act. in Capitol Via Washington, D.C., Fly-In By TRUDI HUGHES – CLFP Director of Government Affairs CLFP members pictured here with California Senator Dianne Feinstein during the D.C., Fly-In. Pictured from left to right: Ligia Bernardo, Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients; Richard Wilbur, Wilbur Packing Company; Feinstein; CLFP's Trudi Hughes; and Mona Schulman, Pacific Coast Producers.