California Fresh Fruit Association Announces Mentors' Award Recipient and Keynote Speakers for 87th Annual Meeting; Ian LeMay Shares
FRESNO, CA - The month of March is one busy month coming up on our doorsteps as the California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) recently revealed its Annual Meeting. Celebrating its 87th iteration, CFFA will be holding its annual event March 12–14, 2023, at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California. The association will also be honoring this year’s Mentors’ Award recipient, Harold McClarty, and welcoming Ron Barsamian and Lorren Walker to the stage as keynote speakers.
“The Association leadership and staff are looking forward to the 87th Annual Meeting in La Jolla. We are excited to recognize Harold McClarty for his many contributions to the fresh fruit industry as well as to CFFA,” CFFA President Ian LeMay stated. “Additionally, the Industry Workshops will each offer a vibrant discussion on the key issues the Association is focusing on behalf of the California fresh fruit industry.”
CFFA will be honoring McClarty of HMC Farms with the prestigious Mentors’ Award, which is bestowed to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the California fresh grape, berry, and treefruit communities through their leadership in the industry.
HMC Farms is one of the leading family-owned, vertically integrated treefruit and table grape operations in California. McClarty has served on the Western Growers, California Table Grape Commission, and CFFA Board of Directors and has contributed to the future of agriculture by supporting programs at the local community college.
This year’s Industry Workshops will feature two sessions, one on Monday and another on Tuesday. Also showcasing his prowess at the meeting will be Barsamian, of Barsamian & Moody Attorneys at Law, who will provide an update on California labor issues during the Industry Workshop on March 13.
March 14 will see attendees gleaning insights from Lorren Walker of Elias Walker LLP, on the priorities taking place in Washington, DC, as preparations begin for the 2023 Farm Bill. He will also discuss trade priorities within the Biden-Harris Administration and what we can expect from the new leadership in Congress following the midterm elections.
Additional information regarding CFFA’s 87th Annual Meeting can be found here.
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