This letter to the people of El Dorado County is in response to an article I read in the Mountain Democrat on April 9.
My family for five generations has worked hard in the ag industry. I have worked with hundreds of small farmers helping them fulfill their dreams of being farmers.
Most small farmers participate in good activities to keep their land in ag production. Most people know that making a profit owning and working the land is very difficult. For most it is a way of life and the majority of our citizens support keeping our county rural.
Alan Day was quoted in the article saying, “Sales should be $10,000″ so that EID is not supporting “gentleman farmers.” Alan, for a farmer to produce $10,000 per year gross or net requires a lot of work and expense. Anyone with common sense will understand the economics of gentlemen farms.
The question I have for Greg Prada and Alan Day is our county is at a very important crossroads. If you get your third vote on this issue to eliminate or change the criteria of the Small Farm rate for water use, then they will stop farming, change their way of life and look to subdivide their lands. I would urge the two of you to think about what you are saying and help keep agriculture and help it grow. Our citizens are depending on good public policy.
Remember, EID started as the El Dorado Irrigation District for farmers. We should never forget our roots.
District 2 Supervisor