California Fresh Fruit Assocation

Courtesy of California Fresh Fruit Association

The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) applauds the introduction of the Specialty Crop Mechanization Assistance Act of 2023 (The Act), introduced by Congressmen David Valadao and Jim Costa. This legislation will help ensure America’s farmers and producers remain at the forefront of agricultural innovation and efficiency. CFFA, in collaboration with members of the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, helped craft language included in the bill, which will expedite the adoption of mechanization for growers in the new Farm Bill. The 2023 Farm Bill is up for reauthorization in September.

President Ian LeMay stated, “CFFA is proud to have taken the lead in this collaborative effort to help equip farmers with the tools and technologies they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world. I would like to thank Congressman Valadao and Congressman Costa for their partnership to support the needs of American agriculture. This bill will not only support farmers, but also their employees, to ensure that America continues to a global leader in agricultural production.”

The Specialty Crop Mechanization Assistance Act of 2023 shows the value of what can be accomplished when the industry works together to ensure a more sustainable and efficient agricultural sector. CFFA is one of 200 organizations in the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance representing growers of fruits, vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, nursery plants, and other products. The alliance was established to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop agriculture and
improve the health of Americans by broadening the scope of U.S. agricultural public policy.

Additional Resources:
Statement by Congressman David Valadao, please click here.