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Is 35% Enough?

Feb 25, 2019

...I'll respond to that question by this: "Assume you have a home mortgage, a car loan, a kid in college, and of course your normal daily living costs ongoing. Then assume you receive a note on your work desk some morning announcing that "This year you'll receive 35\% of your salary...so cope with it!". What does one do to meet all those ongoing costs? Can you perhaps "idle" a few rooms in our house...lowering the mortage? Or, cut your car in 1/2...and only make part of the monthly payment? How about tell you kid to only attend school 1/3 of the day? Importantly, reduce your family's calorie intake by 65\%? See....as a farmer our land, equipment, irrigation systems and management staffing are largely "fixed". Those costs run on...whether you have 35\% or 100\% water. Compound that with permanent crops (trees/vines) that die absent annual water...and the resultant permanent capital "loss" in one season can be fatal? Folks wonder why there is over-drafting of the groundwater and subsidence? Growers use groundwater as a last resort. But, as a dying man on the desert...in order to survive, we will do anything, including deplete the groundwater. So, the long winded answer to that question: HELL NO 35\% IS NOT ADEQUATE! Almonds require 45" of water; garlic and tomatoes 22-29"; Pima cotton 26".....(compared to 35\% of the Westlands contract of 30.5" @ 100\%) delivery...THIS 35\% IS ONLY 10.7 inches. Can you calculate what will be pulled from the underground? This ignores that in many cases, lands will lay idle, employment will fall, economic activity that ripples thru the Valley economy will collapse...and food production for the State, Nation and World...will be reduced. Again: HELL NO 35\% IS NOT ADEQUATE!



Mark Borba

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