Some Valley growers are getting a chance to meet with Trump before Friday's rally

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The Trump campaign revealed that the candidate will be holding a private meeting with farmers and their families before the rally.

Donald Trump's visit to Fresno has some Valley growers excited. The Trump campaign revealed that the candidate will be holding a private meeting with farmers and their families before the rally on Friday morning.

When Trump flies into Fresno Friday agriculture will top his list of concerns. For his audience too, water is the big worry.

"That's the misconception, most people think we don't have water because of a drought," said William Bourdeau, Harris Farms.

Bourdeau said he's one of a handful of farmers invited to meet with Trump. They hope to use the opportunity to talk more about food production and the impact of water restrictions on the Valley.

"There is a role for regulation, but it can't be so burdensome that it's uncompetitive."

Trump's California campaign manager said the candidate has been planning his visit for some time, and will touch on other subjects like the economy and job growth.

"Fresno feeds the world, you've got one of the strongest agricultural regions in our nation. And certainly an important part of America's economy, so it's natural for him to come," said Tim Clark, Trump California Campaign Manager.

Currently, one in every four acres in the Westlands Water District is fallow because of a lack of water. Ag leaders are hopeful the candidates will recognize their plight and allow pumps to capture more water.

"What's going to happen to the delta? What's going to happen for the ability for water to originate in Northern California to make its way through the Delta to Southern California," said Ryan Jacobsen, Fresno Farm Bureau.

They also hope forums like this will make agriculture more of a national debate.

"It's important to all Americans that we have a safe and affordable food supply," said Bourdeau.

We are told more than 10,000 tickets have already been issued for Friday's rally.
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