Sen. Kamala Harris took time out during the congressional recess this month for a listening tour through California. On Wednesday, she visited the Central Valley, where the freshman senator toured a citrus-packing facility on the outskirts of Fresno.
After sampling a mandarin orange and proclaiming it "delicious," Harris sat down with two dozen people connected with the Central Valley's multibillion-dollar agricultural industry to get their take on the federal farm bill and learn about other issues concerning them.
Water was top-of-mind for many of the speakers.
Jason Phillips runs the Friant Water Authority. He told Harris his agency delivers water to about 1 million acres -- water that thousands of farms depend on.
"They ask me not just to get them water this year, but what's the future look like?" Phillips said. "And it’s been 60-plus years since infrastructure was updated."