On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown issued a drought declaration for the state of California which was received favorably by the agriculture community. Upon the Governor’s announcement, Western Grower’s president and CEO, Tom Nassif, issued the following statement to the media:
“We appreciate the action taken by Governor Brown today. Drought conditions are wreaking havoc on farmers in California, especially in the San Joaquin Valley. The situation is dire and requires the full attention of state and federal leaders which is why the declaration is so important.
We look to the Governor and the Obama Administration to take emergency actions to ensure speedy approval of any water transfers that are still possible. Just as importantly, if we are fortunate and California receives even a moderate amount of precipitation this year, we look to the Obama Administration to allow the state and federal water projects that convey water from the north to the south, to operate at the highest end of their discretion within the existing rules limiting water exports to protect fish species, when pulse flows reach the Delta.
We continue to pray for rain and snow, and appreciate the support of our elected leaders during times like these when the forces of nature go against us.”
The statement garnered significant media attention, especially by the trade press, which included stories in: The Packer, The Grower, Western Farm Press, Agri-Pulse, the Central Valley Business Times, the Santa Cruz Sentinel and FarmPolicy.com, among others, all who covered the drought declaration as well as Nassif’s statement.
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