“This is not your father’s or your grandfather’s industry,” he said. “It is thriving as much as it ever has. It has just changed dramatically.”
Border fence update
The Department of Homeland Security’s border fence project is, for all intents and purposes, complete, McClung said.
The fence project affects Rio Grande Valley production in several ways, McClung said.
“It runs along the southern levy, which means it’s not along the river, which means that about 40,000 acres is trapped between the levy and the river,” he said. “That’s highly productive land and it’s seen as kind of buffer zone.”
Some are calling it “no man’s land,” McClung said.
“That’s a bit of an overstatement,” he said. “It is problematic getting to it and utilizing it and getting to water pumps when you need them for irrigation. It is far from an ideal situation.”