Thursday, September 8, 2005
YAY, AG…BUT… To the Monterey County growers and shippers who lead the industry in seed technology, planting and irrigation, harvesting and marketing, Squid salutes you. The SALINAS VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SALUTE TO AGRICULTURE kicks off Sept. 8 with Agribusiness Day Tours of Supervisor Lou Calcagno’s MoonGlow Dairy, Ag Against Hunger, Golden State Bulb Growers, Ocean Mist Farms, and Rio Farms, among others, with lunch, wine tasting and a box of fresh produce thrown in. But the second event—the AGRICULTURAL LEADERSHIP AWARD LUNCHEON on Sept. 15—threatened Squid’s affection. The lunch, to be held at the NATIONAL STEINBECK CENTER, will spotlight a topic that’s near and dear to Squid’s fast-beating heart: How the general plan affects the agriculture industry. Speakers are TOM “Let-The-Market-Solve-The-Affordable-Housing-Crisis” CARVEY, and BOB “Throw-The-General-Plan-Out” PERKINS. Carvey is the executive director of COMMON GROUND MONTEREY COUNTY, and Perkins is the executive director of MONTEREY COUNTY FARM BUREAU, and a state Assembly candidate. Squid wonders if the two will tout new proposed policies in the GPU that will make it easier for farmers to grow mini-mansions instead of produce: 40-acre minimums? Who needs ‘em? Bring on the over-priced homes! They make a lot more money than, say, cilantro.