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What people are saying at West Coast Farm Shows.

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Having been at 3 farm shows in the last three weeks, (Red Bluff Bull Gelding, Colusa and World Ag Expo.)  I thought perhaps I should share what farmers in general are talking about:

Water is a huge problem.  The 600,000 irrigated acres in the San Juaquin Valley will soon turn into 200,000 acres. This is because of drought conditions. Almond growers, particularly in the West area of the valley anticipate loosing their crops and businesses because there are not enough water acres to retain their orchards.  This in an economic depression will make thing in California that much worse.

Many farmers are turning to special crops to survive, using organics, using less water.

The cost of  protein in the market place is leaving the United States less competitive in recent months. Proteins as world wide commodities traditionally have been very stable.  Recently though other countries have been able to target our market competitively.

There are two factions of farmers out there,  some who wax “Green” in their philosophy, others who are opposite. Myself, I am still not sure really what green means. It seems to be a popular term in Portland now, but most certainly lacks clarity, but seems to be he vogue thing.

There seems to be less chemical companies at all farm shows.

We are a nation becoming less competitive in the food marketplace. If you thought you hated the thought of high gas prices and thought that made our Nation insecure, wait until we import the highest percentage of our food. Food is becoming a National Security issue.

Efficient dairies are making alot of money.  However, fewer people though are willing to own and operate them.


Written by gettheconcept

February 14, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Posted in Farm and Ranch

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  1. Hey Concept,
    Your comments on the farm shows have been very interesting and compelling. This last post in particular was a bit alarming. Nonetheless, I’ve learned a bit about water, food production, etc. Keep on posting, it’s quite interesting.


    February 17, 2009 at 3:23 am

  2. Thanks Rick. It’s comments like that which keep me going.


    February 23, 2009 at 4:46 am

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