One of California's little-recognized permanent "crops" is the dairy industry and the millions of cows that need forage and water to survive, according to Western United Dairymen President and Tulare County producer Tom Barcellos.
A common sentiment among farmworkers is the pride they share in being able to work hard and provide for their families instead of relying upon government handouts.
Mendota, Calif. Mayor Robert Silva, left, and Fresno County Supervisor and farmer Phil Larson each spoke on the importance of sustainable irrigation water sources for farms and communities.
Hamburger object lesson
Tulare grower Mark Watte, right, and Los Banos-area grower Canon Michael, use an object lesson (a large hamburger prop) to illustrate the importance of stable, sustainable irrigation water supplies to growers.
Farm laborer Carmen Garza shares how her multi-generational family prides itself on the hard work associated with planting, pruning and picking crops in the Central Valley.
Terra Bella grower
Terra Bella citrus grower Geoffrey Galloway shares how zero surface water to irrigate his crops will likely decimate his third-generation farming operation and harm his family.
Rally participants were allowed to ask question and make statements during the Tulare Water Rally held inside a large building at the International AgriCenter in Tulare, Calif.
Farmworker families participated in large numbers at the Tulare Water Rally, held at the International AgriCenter.