President’s Message – November 2012

Hey –November already and the Christmas decorations are already in the stores!  The year is flying by fast enough; I don’t need stores rushing the seasons for me.  Harvest is pretty much over –a pretty good season overall. We were very fortunate with weather as a dry harvest season let us bring the crops in, on time and in good shape.  Now we will have to wait ominously and see what the markets have in store for us.

The hearing for the Preliminary Injunction against the California High Speed Rail Authority is coming up on November 16.  So much of our livelihoods here in Madera County depend on the outcome of this hearing.  For those sadly affected by the alignment of this train –operating loans are already hard to come by and the hurt being caused by the TRESPASSING the Authority continues to try and do daily is being felt in every corner of our County. We here at the Farm Bureau would like to know of any activity from the rail authority that you have knowledge of and encourage you to contact our office so we can help.  We would also like to know if you have been contacted or asked to allow them on your property.  You have rightsdo not give them up.   Also, if you can help with a donation to our lawsuit or have donated, please know that it IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE and we are WINNING this battle!

This is my last President’s message.  I want to thank all of you for putting up with them.  I also want to thank the Board for the allowing me the opportunity to serve as the head of a forward thinking and influential body.  Thanks to Norma Castillo for all she does and her tireless devotion to the office, and to Anja Raudabaugh for making me look good (a monumental task).

A couple of thoughts before I go –The early bird gets the worm, but does the second mouse get the cheese?
and…
Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?

See Ya!

Tom Rogers

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