The San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation posted on Facebook that it’s getting ready to celebrate its 100-years anniversary. The organization lobbies on behalf of the county’s $2.9 billion agricultural industry.
The group posted a video with a succession of clips of farmers talking about the industry, its past and its future.
Among them is county Supervisors Ken Vogel, himself a walnut and cherry grower. “Young farmers coming into this industry can’t be the farmers their fathers and grandfathers were,” he said in one clip.
In a series of farmers talking about regulation, he says: “Most of the things that come down are not designed to make farming easier, they seem to be designed to make farming higher.”
Outgoing Agricultural Commissioner Scott Hudson talked about he’s seen: “Just the mandates in our office have increased over the years.”
Somebody I don’t recognize comes up later in the video talking about DDT, a pesticide that has been banned for most uses since 1972.
“DDT: Good spray. Aww Sh…. It would last 30 days. You know, and like nowadays that stuff lasts for one week and it’s gone. It dissipates too quick.”
The group says it plans to celebrate its anniversary in April. Here’s the preview video: