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October 29, 2014
California farmers are already being hit hard by the effects of the worst drought this state has seen in decades, and now we will have to face a new tax unless the Legislature does something about it.
October 29, 2014
With no time to spare, the California Legislature came together in a bipartisan way that is rarely seen in the halls of the State Capitol, and approved a $7.5 billion water bond.
October 29, 2014
In mid-August, the Legislature came together like never before when, on a near-unanimous vote, they agreed to place a $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot. If approved by the voters, it will create two new reservoirs that will provide additional water storage for our state.
October 29, 2014
I believe in the right of farmworkers to vote on whether they want to be represented by a union or not. But when some 3,000 employees of a Valley farm voted one year ago this month to cut their ties with a union, the union-owned California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) refused to count their ballots and unfairly went after their employer. That’s unacceptable.
October 29, 2014
Los agricultores de California ya han recibido golpes duros por los efectos de la peor sequía que el estado haya sufrido en décadas y ahora deberemos enfrentar un nuevo impuesto, a menos que la Legislatura haga algo al respecto.
June 15, 2014
The deadline is looming for the California Legislature to get a comprehensive water bond approved in time to be put before the voters in November. With just a little over 10 weeks remaining before the end of the 2013-14 Legislative Session, a bi-partisan agreement has yet to be reached.
May 15, 2014
The numbers speak for themselves. California is now in its third year of drought, with this year being one of the driest in history. Rain totals for most of the state are less than 50 percent of normal and snowpack in the mountains, the source that provides much of our water, is less than 33 percent of normal.
April 15, 2014
There seems to be a big fish story going around California these days that farmers waste water. Some folks seem to be hell bent for leather trying to start a new water war here in California, this time pitting farmers against fish. Most of this noise is coming from radical environmentalists and their pals in big cities like Los Angeles. And that’s kind of screwy; folks from a city that’s built in a desert complaining about water going to crop lands in the Central Valley.
March 15, 2014
The recent rain storm that produced several inches of rain and snow for Northern California certainly was a welcome sight for all of us who realize the importance of this God-given gift – especially after nearly two months without so much as a drop of rain.
February 15, 2014
Being a farmer is not an easy career path. It’s a calling, a tradition, a labor of love and a way of life. We farmers work hard – dawn to dusk, year-round – and agonize when our harvest is threatened, but we know that our livelihood feeds people and creates jobs, results that provide satisfaction like no other.

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