California Farm Bureau Federation News Release - September 16, 2014:
MCFB has been advocating our local Merced County Board of Supervisors to pursue some form of a groundwater exporting ordinance over the last few months. This discussion was initiated back in June 2014 when news broke that private landowners were looking to sell groundwater to a water district on the westside that covers the Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. While we sympathize with their dire situation due to environmental constraints, MCFB continues to look out for the greater good of the entire county with the hopes of everyone surviving this treacherous year.
While some growers in Central California’s Merced County are none-too-thrilled with a proposal to export water to an adjacent county, others see the deal as vital to keep their permanent crops alive in a year where surface water is unavailable due to state and federal decisions.
Permanent crop grower Jim Jasper, owner of Stewart and Jasper in Newman, Calif., says the need for water is paramount. He has trees to keep alive this year.
“This would be extremely helpful for the farmers in our area to get this water,” Jasper said.
Merced County Farm Bureau would like to welcome director David Barroso to the spotlight. David is an Animal Science graduate of Fresno State University who currently works alongside his brother and parents at their family dairy in southern Merced County. The Barroso family dairy has been in business since the 1970’s and is still going strong.
Barbara Matheron showed sheep and horses at the Merced County Fair when she was just a young girl in 4-H and that’s where her lifelong love of fairs began. Matheron of Hilmar, grew up at the fair, then watched with pride as her sons, Ryan and Aaron, went through 4-H and FFA showing their animals at the fair. She served on the Merced County Fair 35th District Agricultural Association’s Board from 1993 to 2001 and was reappointed to the board in 2005, serving until 2013. Matheron was inspired to apply for a seat on the Merced Fair board because her father, A.V.
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