Maureen Torrey Marshall
Co-owner, Torrey Farms
Maureen Torrey Marshall, 2006 United Fresh co-chairwoman and Torrey Farms co-owner, believes the main challenge facing the produce industry is educating policymakers who shape agricultural policies and regulations. "We need to educate the people making these decisions," said Maureen. "They don't realize the impact their decisions have on agricultural producers." She explains that it takes personal interaction with lawmakers and telling them our story. Maureen has used a number of strategies to connect with her elected officials, including fly-in visits with Washington legislators and meetings with members of urban Chambers of Commerce to discuss how having an unstable agricultural workforce affects their districts.
Maureen has been a strong supporter of the produce industry as a long-time member and former chairwoman of United Fresh. "My time spent on the United Fresh Board of Directors and as chairwoman was a great, rewarding experience," said Maureen. "I had the opportunity to partner with outstanding, dedicated volunteers and staff working together on issues that face the produce industry everyday and in the future." This year, Growing Produce magazine honored Marshall with the 2013 Grower Achievement Award for the outstanding work Torrey Farms owners have done on behalf of the produce industry at United's Washington Public Policy Conference.