That agriculture is struggling in the Imperial Valley is no secret. Our farmers need new and better crops, new and better markets and new and better forms of marketing if they are to survive and prosper in these dire times.
Many ideas for new and better ways to do things in agriculture were presented at the inaugural AgroBaja conference staged last week a few miles south of Mexicali. A total of 190 exhibitors were showing their wares and showcasing their ideas at the event. Those involved in agriculture who did not attend missed out, not only on a fun and interesting expo but on new opportunities to do better business.
Opportunities were illuminated in areas such as solar and manure power, low-flow irrigation systems, beekeeping, quail-egg raising and the ostrich meat business. While some of those ideas may seem exotic and quixotic, a couple generations ago people probably wouldn't have imagined Imperial County would have a thriving fish farming sector.