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The gathering produced a video that shows all the businesses that rely on that alfalfa field, whether it be the restaurant, the supply store, the fertilizer sales, the well drillers, the tractors, the pipes, and don't forget the tax revenue that runs the

Oct 21, 2013

A couple of weeks ago dozens of farm-related businesses gathered near Firebaugh to show support for the farmers who drive the rural economy. Central Valley Businesses for Agriculture came together in a 95-acre alfalfa field with the people and equipment they use to support farming activities. The gathering produced a video that shows all the businesses that rely on that alfalfa field, whether it be the restaurant, the supply store, the fertilizer sales, the well drillers, the tractors, the pipes, and don't forget the tax revenue that runs the city. Without farming Firebaugh would not even exist. There is a possibility that there will be a zero water allocation on the westside of the Valley this year, and these jobs that depend on agriculture will get their fair share of zero.

We remind people of Fresno, Visalia, Madera, Modesto, Bakersfield and all the towns and cities and counties in between that it's true for them as well. Water is the most important issue facing us in the San Joaquin Valley, more important than high-speed rail, more important than transgender bathrooms, more important than the Homeless Bill of Rights, and more important than more gun laws, etc. Yet, local leaders don't seem to grasp the connection. As the farm economy goes, so goes the Valley. This year could be a doozy, and not in a good way.

Watch the Video:  Central Valley Businesses for Agriculture

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