Friday, July 31, 2009
Agriculture and the Future: It's Later Than You Think!
This is more than a blog....this is a plea. I'm sharing a letter from a rancher in CA. Since our governor has recently vetoed the Williamson Act, farmers and ranchers all over the state are STUNNED. The Act was created to preserve farmland and to preserve agricultural freedom. Without it, farmers and ranchers have to pay taxes at the same rate as homeowners, etc., rather than based on what the land produces.....which means farmland all over the state may well fall to development and apportionment. That would be a loss to agriculture, but also to wildlife and Californians in general.
Please, please forward this letter to everyone you can.......I cannot tell you what abolishing the Williamson Act will do to everyone in agriculture in CA.....it is too devastating to even imagine. If you think food quality has been compromised before, this is the door that will open the floodgates to importing MORE and more and driving more and more farmers/ranchers out of the business.
Right now, it's nearly impossible to make ends meet and yet, people STILL do not understand that agriculture is the PRIMARY contributor to ANY positive TRADE balance in the U.S. economy and CALIFORNIA cannot survive without its agriculture. So much negative press has impacted us that people don't really give a sh--- anymore, but this is an ominous turn of events. Beware....and NO MATTER what your political leanings at the moment, this crisis is LOOMING and it's HUGE......but the truth is, NO ONE is paying attention to the outcome of the recent activities and its impact on agriculture, which, for the uninformed, DOES NOT BLEED this country; it provides products and goods that bring wealth and success to everyone else, from the GROUND UP.....one of the few industries that does so......and we are not asking for a handout, but merely the opportunity to keep working.