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Congressman Connects

POSTED September 25, 2012 11:54 p.m.

Dear Editor,

During one of Congressman Jeff Denham’s local Town Hall meetings, he stressed that we should “buy American first,” especially farm products. I can see the logic in this as the U.S.A. is the world’s largest exporter of agricultural goods, and this offsets the rising overall trade deficit. The deficit stood at $717.1 billion in 2011.

Giving top priority to the purchase of domestic agricultural goods is a healthy way to grow the economy, while benefiting from a more prosperous green. More affordable food prices depend on our choices at the supermarket.

Additional water is needed if we are to keep agricultural trade competitive, spur economic growth, and continue to maintain our remarkable surplus of food.

With this in mind, Mr. Denham has sponsored the Conservation and Economic Growth Act. The legislation includes an increase to Lake McClure’s water storage capacity by up to 70,000 acre feet, while improving agricultural productivity, and resulting in much needed jobs.

Another benefit would be the potential generating of 10,000 mega-watt hours of clean, renewable energy. Jeff Denham connects with the needs of California.

Sincerely,

Ken Groves, Jr.

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