Water managers, agriculture leaders and journalists gathered in the Central Valley to join in a public water conversation. The LA Times and Netafim sponsored the event that led a discussion with California Department of Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross and a panel of water managers, growers and environmental activists.
Permanent Crops Trend
Ross headlined the event with a one-on-one conversation with LA Times writer Peter King. King asked Ross about the continued trend of growers switching to permanent crops like nut trees.
Ross was then asked in a follow-up question if government or the public should have a say in what crops are grown as farmers use a public resource such as water.
With some laughter from the crowd, King surprised Ross a little with a quick-fired question. “What keeps you up at night?”
Finally, King asked Ross where we go from here and is this something California can get together on and figure out.