Photo Courtesy United Fresh Produce AssociationTorrey Farms of Elba, NY, is the recipient of the 2013 Grower Achievement Award. The 11th and 12th generation of the Torrey family include, from left, Travis, Lucas, Shannon, Maxwell, John, Maureen, Mark and Jed. As well as Molly, left and Jordyn in the front row. Torrey Farms will be awarded the 12th annual Grower Achievement Award on Oct. 1 at the United Fresh Washington Public Policy Conference.
The company receives the award for their commitment to producing high-quality produce while working for the good of the industry, according to a United Fresh news release,
The company is owned by John, Mark and Maureen Torrey. Maureen was the 2006 United Fresh co-chairwoman and has long advocated for public policy issues that affect the produce industry. She spoke to the House Committee on Agriculture about the 2007 farm bill and to the House Committee on Small Business about immigration reform.
Torrey Farms was directly affected by industry policy issues when it lost 92 out of 100 employees in the packing shed due to an I-9 audit.
“The employees we lost averaged about 18 years of experience. Now we have to build it up from scratch,” Maureen Torrey said in a news release.
The conference scheduled for Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Washington, D.C., allows members of the produce industry to meet with congressional lawmakers as well as officials from the USDA to discuss policy issues influential to their businesses.