Table of Contents:
- The ‘Junkyard Dog’ is slowing down
- No blowing smoke
- Earl Williams steps down from California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations.
- He was part of key group that won major political victories.
Earl and his fellow organization leaders like Barry Bedwell of the California Grape and Tree Fruit League, Manual Cunha of the Nisei Farmers League, Joel Nelsen of California Citrus Mutual and Tim Johnson of the California Rice Commission under the tutelage of Soares said it is time to quit whining and win legislative victories. Politics is the art of deal-making and compromise. Soares’ band does not blow smoke in advocating for agriculture. They present economic facts in a business-like manner to validate the importance of agriculture. They also bring legislators to the valley to show them agriculture first-hand. This has created alliances with urban legislators that continue to pay off.
The repeal of the farm equipment and farm fuel sales taxes in 2001 has resulted in savings of $200 million annually for the state’s farmers and ranchers.
Earl and his peers accomplished much more for their constituencies.
In this space, though, it’s about Earl Williams. He’s been a friend and mentor. He has taught me the fine art of junkyard doggedness that often shows up in this space. He wears the cotton industry and his agriculture career proudly on his sleeve as an example for all to follow. His accomplishments are overshadowed only by his passion.
Earl has stepped aside from his presidential role with the ginners and growers group, leaving it in the very capable hands of Roger Isom. However, junkyard dogs are impossible to rehabilitate. They do age and slow down. Fortunately, Earl will be around for a few more years as slower moving industry consultant. So expect a bark or two in the years ahead.
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