Farmers in the state of California are taking aim at the Trump administration’s attempts to repeal an endangered species protections law and other measures.
The effort by the California Farm Bureau, which represents roughly 10,000 farms, is aimed at highlighting how farmers are increasingly being pushed to compromise on conservation and farming practices, and at creating a dialogue with the Trump Administration about their agricultural and climate concerns.
The California Farm Bureaus says it’s also calling for an end to the use of chemical pesticides, and that farmers are “living in fear” of a new round of Trump administration regulations.
“Farmers are being forced to compromise for the sake of the environment and for the well-being of their families,” said David Sargent, the farm bureau’s president.
The state’s farmers group is calling on the Trump and other administration officials to reverse the Farm Bill’s protections for California’s endangered species and other plants.
It’s also asking for an apology from President Donald Trump, who is set to speak at a Farm Bureau conference in California on Saturday.
In addition, the California Farmers Union and California Farmers Union State Board of Directors have called on the state to support the Farm Bureau’s call for an independent investigation into the use and impacts of pesticides in the ag industry.
“We are calling for the full repeal of the Farm Bailout Act and for Congress to take action to protect California’s agricultural and water resources,” said Chris Ochs, the federation’s executive director.
“We are asking for a thorough and impartial investigation into whether the Farm Bankers are in cahoots with Monsanto to sabotage our state’s ag production.”
The California Farmers union, which also includes California’s farmers and food manufacturers, is urging California to protect the ag economy and agriculture and its environment.
“It’s about time we get serious about the health of our economy and economy and its economy,” said CFO Kevin McBride.
In his speech, Trump said he is “proud” of California for being a leader in the agricultural sector, and he will focus on boosting jobs and prosperity.
“Farmers of the United States of America,” he said.
“You’ve helped create the world’s most productive economy and have been at the forefront of creating jobs in the United Kingdom.
We will continue to grow this industry, and help the next generation of farmers and manufacturers.”
Farmers in California, which is home to more than 2.5 million people, are facing a shortage of water, fertilizer and pesticides that are key to the industry.
“For farmers, the current situation is devastating,” said Steve Reitz, the executive director of the California Sustainable Agriculture Center.
“If we don’t act, we will face an economic disaster.”