Gallery: 2014 Western Plant Health Association meeting

All California farmers and water districts want for Christmas this year is a slow, rainy winter – with perhaps a timely rain or two tucked in the stocking hanging from the fireplace.

While the winter rain scenario will be determined in the weeks and months ahead, three California agricultural water leaders have plenty to say about the California drought, and how the lack of moisture from the sky and regulator intervention on the environment have helped place farmers in a financially perilous situation.

During the 2014 Western Plant Health Association annual meeting held this fall in Palm Desert, Calif., the water leaders took center stage for a two-and-a-half hour water discussion chocked full of drought facts and placing some blame at government regulators.

The water leaders included: Jason Peltier, the Westlands Water District’s chief deputy general manager; Ron Jacobsma, Friant Water Authority general manager; and John Garner, a Northern California Water Association board member and Colusa County rice grower.

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