The 'Farmer' Ad in the Super Bowl
Life for farmers has been generally good for the past few years. But, it's not because your lawmakers are trying to make it easier.
Feb 12, 2013
A lot of people, expecially farmers, loved the Paul Harvey 'Farmer' commercial for Dodge trucks that ran in the Super Bowl. We want to remind our readers that Dodge might love farmers, but legislators in both the state legislature and many in Congress do not. The Paul Harvey ad is one of the very few things farmers can feel good about. We realize that commodity prices have been good for the past few years, and that in turn has increased farmland prices. Life for farmers has been generally good for the past few years. But, it's not because your lawmakers are trying to make it easier.
If you've been reading our newsletter and our website you are well aware of all the water wars going on right now all over the State of California. Just for review, let us recap some of them for you: Don Pedro and La Grange Dam relicensing; San Joaquin River restoration; Farmwater allocations; SWRCB goes after MID water; BDCP shenanigans; More regulations; Taking dams out of Water Bond; the Santa Ana Sucker; Groundwater regs. This is by no means meant to be a complete list, but are just newsletters we've done in the past few months.
The problem with the water situation in California is that it has not had top-of-mind awareness since 2009. There are so many other problems that occupy people's minds like recent immigration reform, gun control, the debt and deficit, high-speed rail, the Affordable Care Act(ObamaCare), the housing crisis, education, globalization, etc. So, water is under the radar, unseen for the time being. That's the way the enviros like it. They don't stop working just because it isn't making headlines. So, enljoy the Paul Harvey 'Farmer' commercial, but keep your eye on water policy. It's going on right under your noses, and most of it isn't pro-farmer.
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