Monday, August 13, 2018. Blong, ED of ABIRC sat with Nyiaj Looj Vang, President, and Boua Cher Vang, Vice President of Special Guerrilla Unit of Fresno to discuss the threat of the new groundwater regulation to the local Hmong farmers of the Central Valley of California, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Together, they formed a partnership in outreaching and advocating towards the small South-East Asian farmers.
Fresno is home to many small Hmong-American farmers. Currently, many of them are unaware of the pending regulation. Although it is still unknown to how far the State regulation will go in order to conserve water for the future, experts from the Fresno Irrigation District stated that over one-million acres will be affected within the Central Valley region. Among the 2,000 Asian farmers in the valley who farms anywhere from 5 to 60 acres, we believed that many small SEA farmers will be impacted.