Doug Stanley, general manager of Harris Fresh in Huron, CA, and Vice President of the National Onion Association, is not only a longtime member but he’s also a very vocal supporter of the organization, and told OnionBusiness.com that the NOA is needed now more than ever.
“The NOA has been very effective in collaborating with state and federal agencies and other support organizations through the years,” Doug said while at the NOA Convention in New York.
“Now is a critical time to focus on this collaboration,” he said, noting the myriad of governmental issues that involve immigration, transportation and food safety.
This year alone has seen revision of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which affects all of produce, as well as action involving trade and immigration.
“We are the binder of these organizations, the means of bringing people together to work on local, state and federal measures that all affect the onion industry,” he added.
With the Presidential election just months away and the outcome sure to bring change whichever way it goes, Doug said staying unified in the onion industry is critical.
He said, “The National Onion Association needs to maintain its role as a conduit that brings other organizations together and gives them a common voice.”