That’s the word from two of California’s major agriculture groups — the California Farm Bureau Federation and Western Growers.

At a Sept. 6 rally at the farm bureau headquarters, gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger received the endorsement of the two groups for his bid in the Oct. 7 recall election.

Farm bureau president Bill Pauli said Schwarzenegger, a Republican, understands the issues that matter to farmers and ranchers and that the action movie star understands that California needs to encourage a healthy agricultural industry to restore economic health.

“Both the farm bureau and Western Growers agree that government regulations, excessive fees and taxes and workers compensation insurance are among the most significant issues facing California’s No. 1 industry.

In introducing Schwarzenegger to a rally of farmers and ranchers, Pauli and Western Growers chairman Edwin Camp said the candidate will help rebuild a positive business environment for farmers.

With Peter Ueberroth dropping out of the race during the second week of September, only Schwarzenegger and assemblyman Tom McClintock remain as big-name Republicans in the recall race. Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamonte is the major Democrat in the race, aside from embattled Gov. Gray Davis.

Schwarzenegger told farm leaders at the rally that he needs support from California agriculture to win, and representatives of the two agriculture organizations said they’d work to get the votes Schwarzenegger needs.

Ag groups endorse Schwarzenegger
Western Growers chairman Edwin Camp says Arnold Schwarzenegger has promised to protect California farmers and businesses.