The newly passed farm bill includes $4.7 million to Blue Diamond and the California Almond Board for research and marketing assistance. Why tax dollars are needed for marketing assistance is puzzling. Over the past 10 years, the almond crops have doubled while carryover inventories have dwindled. Exports continue to grow. It would seem the marketing of almonds has been extremely effective and that no tax dollars are required at this time. Considering the vast acreage of new and intended plantings, can we expect the need for more tax dollars to help market the ever-increasing crops as our groundwater reserves are being decimated?