Sound Science is Needed Regarding Outflows from the Sacramento Delta
Matt Efird is Walnut grower in Fresno County, as well as the president of the Fresno County Farm Bureau. “Keep having the conversation with the establishment of more sound science and in looking at what the outflows are, and coming up with policies that would allow us more flexibility to take advantage of, of hypos flows and, and you know, getting those to the farms. I think that's ultimately going to be the, the end game for us,” said Efird.
And Efird said, if we can't build more storage, then we have to manage the high flows, when there are high flows, and get it to the farmers South of the Delta.
“Absolutely, and what more important job do we have than feeding people? And so you need us three times a day and if we don't have water, how are we going to feed ourselves,” said Efird.
“This is not just an economic issue. You know, growers need to be profitable. If we're not making a living at this, we're not going to continue to do it. Just like anybody else would in another business model,” said Efird.
“The reality is we are the foundation of society. And if we're not growing food for people to consume, where are we going to get that food? And if we want high quality traceability, sustainability worker safety, you're going to get that in California above anybody else, even nationwide or definitely globally,” Efird said. “So, I think we need to have that realization with our politicians in, in, in our elected officials, and just keep continuing to have that conversation, drive these points home,” he said.