Farmer concerned about climate

Need to preserve water as good steward of land

It takes a lot of natural resources, like land and water, to keep the state's farming industry humming.


Farmers have to be amateur meteorologists with one eye always on the weather. 


So here, a thousand miles from Washington, the concern is over the climate, not necessarily climate change.


"I think it's more about the phases the weather goes through over the years, says potato farmer Dave St. Pierre.


Known has "Tater Dave", St. Pierre oversees Campbell Farms 400 acres.  400 productive acres this year, even after a January cold snap.


"The later crop we're digging in the reds right now is… beefy. The numbers are great," said St. Pierre.


St. Pierre says he hasn't seen anything that would make him decide to change up his crops. "I don't see the weather has changed that much over all these years other than we go 10 years of good weather and 10 years of bad weather."


When it comes to water supplies, St. Pierre says they have to be good stewards of the land and recirculate all the water on the property.


"We can't let any of our water leave the farm. because we have to let the minerals and the nutrients settle out in the settling ponds. Then we reuse it."


But St. Pierre admits, they do need rain, so they can store water as well so extreme droughts would not be helpful.