- Water is too expensive at IID. $17/AF is way more than $6-12/AF that farmers pay elsewhere.
- Farming is tough. There are bureaucrats everywhere with their hands out for fees and forms.
- We want to FARM the land. Stay out of our way, and let us control our water.
- Products are exported to many places domestically and internationally. The economic slowdown is brutal [demand for milk down?!]
- The Imperial Irrigation District does NOT
controlown the water. It belongs to the farmers.
- IID farmers grow alfalfa because water is cheap and labor is expensive.
- The IID doesn't care about its farmers. If the farmers fight, the IID will "fight you with your own money." [Why? Because IID is controlled by popular vote, not a vote of landowners -- as is the norm in other irrigation districts.]
Tomorrow I will post the interview with IID staffers and an analysis of the institutionalized dysfunction of IID. This is going to be good. Promise.
Tagg's Bottom Line: Let us (farmers) control our water.