Taylor and the others toured onion growing and packing operations and saw harvest first-hand. Both growers and federal officials told media they learned much during the week of tours and listening sessions.
“The FSMA is the most challenging thing facing the produce industry now,” Riley said. “If we can come to an equitable resolution, that will be very rewarding.
“It is interesting to see what people can accomplish when they try to have an impact.”
Fitch said Riley’s impact is a given.
“Kay has been diligent and successful in bringing to light what effect the FSMA Produce Rule could have on the onion industry as well as other industries in the Idaho-Eastern Oregon growing region,” Fitch said.