Honoring Earl P. Williamsby Representative David G. Valadao
Posted on 2013-12-11
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Mr. VALADAO. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Earl P. Williams on
his retirement and celebrate his over 20 years of service to the cotton
industry and the Central Valley's agriculture industry as a whole.
A native of Arkansas, Earl moved to Buttonwillow, California in 1958. He received a Bachelor of Science in Crop Production from California Polytechnic State University in 1965 and began his agricultural career in California.
Earl was one of fifteen charter members of the California Cotton Ginners Association's Board of Directors and served on the board from 1972 to 1980. He joined the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations as the Executive Vice President in 1993, and was later named President and Chief Executive Officer.
Earl is also the past President of the Buttonwillow Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. He is a past member and chairman of the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Crop Science Department's Advisory Council. In 1963 he [[Page E1839]] was the Crops Club President and in 1996 received the Crops Club's Distinguished Agriculturist Award. Additionally, he served two terms on the California Industrial Welfare Commission's Wage Board #8. He is a past board member of the Agricultural Energy Consumers Association and a past board member of the California Agricultural Education Foundation.
In his various leadership roles, Earl has worked closely with California Governor Gray Davis, and other Democrat and Republican legislators, as well as his colleagues in the agriculture community to pass legislation to assist farmers and agribusinesses in California. Additionally, Earl has been a champion for air pollution and water quality issues facing the San Joaquin Valley of California.
Without a doubt, Earl has been a key player in California's agriculture industry for a number of years. It is with great pride that I recognize Earl P. Williams for his service and leadership and congratulate him on his retirement.