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Bee Fights for Farmers?

But as the Bee pretends to defend almond growers, it really is the going after Trump that this is all about.

Jun 30, 2018

If you read the Sacramento Bee Editorial below you might think their Editorial Board actually supported Central Valley almond growers.  We haven't heard such glowing language about farmers since Paul Harvey's "So God Made a Farmer" speech.  The Board gushes that "Exceptional wine may be what the world thinks of as California’s agricultural bounty, but it is almonds that dominate the farmland these days in the Golden State. Only hay commands more agricultural acreage, though its value is a fraction of the approximately $6 billion a year that almonds earn...the Golden State has some of the richest farmland in the world. California is the nation’s top agricultural exporter with more than $20 billion a year." 
 
The editorial begins with a headline saying "Fear is growing on California farms over Trump's trade war.  Republicans must help to stop it."  And their conclusion is "If Republicans won’t stand up to this president when the livelihoods of their constituents are clearly at stake, when will they?  Indeed, regardless of party, and despite all the uncivility nowadays, the health of California’s farms should be one issue where we can all speak with one voice."
 
Read that last line again, the one that says "...the health of California’s farms should be one issue where we can all speak with one voice."  We have always hoped that would be the feeling of Californians and California newspaper and other Editorial Boards and out elected officials.  But as the Bee pretends to defend almond growers, it really is going after Trump that this is all about.    
 
We would certainly appreciate this kind of support for farmers when the State Water Resources Control Board makes their cuts to Central Valley farm water or when the California Water Commission says water for farms is not a public benefit.  The appointed boards that control water need some editorial criticism if the Bee wants to defend agriculture, as well as the Governor and the legislature.  
 
Farmers will survive the Trump trade policy, but cannot survive newspapers like the Bee supporting politicians who take our water, then write that they are worried about our future.

Fear is growing on California farms over Trump’s trade war. Valley Republicans must help stop it

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