Monday, June 01, 2020

Farmers & Ranchers rally to protest current water allocations

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The “Shutdown & Fed Up Taking a Stand for Ag” protest happened this afternoon in Klamath County where farmers and ranchers are standing up for what they believe is an injustice to their way of life. The Farmers and Ranchers I spoke with just want to be heard when it comes to water allocations of the Klamath Basin. “We’ve got to do this rally, to make the case to the country,” said Congressman Greg Walden. According to event co-organizer Bob Gasser, “This rally is not just about this year, it’s about the future of this farm community. We need changes, so we won’t be out here in another ten years, doing the same darn thing.” The event was broken into two parts, a motorcade and a rally. The 20-mile long motorcade of tractors, trucks, pickups, semi’s and various farm equipment started in Merrill before progressing to downtown Klamath Falls and ending at the rally site in Midland. Some in attendance fear the Basin has hit the point of no return for water; yet many more believe that a balance can be found between farmers and fish. However, most are frustrated with the current situation and demand something must happen to protect farmers of the Upper Klamath Basin. Walden believes current water policies are not helping the endangered fish, or farmers...MORE

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