Workers harvest Onions on the Seus family farm outside of Klamath Falls in Southern Oregon. The Sues' plant 325,000 bulbs per acre on 500 acres of land. As Scott says "just do the math, thats a lot of onions". All of the onions from this harvest will be trucked south to San Francisco and dehydrated for use in soups or as onion powder. Scott Seus is a 3rd generation farmer whose grandfather was a WWII vet who, like many farmers in this region, drew a lot of land from a pickle jar in return for his service to the country. During the month and a half harvest season the Seus' work 7 days a week for between 10 and 18 hours per day.
Seus claims that farmers only take 3% of the water that makes it to the ocean. Opponents of farming claim that farmers take water at the most critical times for salmon.
"Ive been a part of it all my life" says Scott Sues, whose family farms 3600 acres of land. "I started driving combines when I was 11 and tractors when I was 9...but there's a lot more to it than driving tractors. All these farmers are here because we are a food hungry America. Does this look like surplus to you? It takes one govt. decision to change the entire market and make corn the hottest commodity."
"Don't think that because you live in New York City what happens here wont effect you because it will."
Scott Seus 541-892-7387
2455 Patterson St. Suite 3
Klamath Falls, OR 97603