Originally from the Hub, Trent moved to the Mojave Wasteland because of the Thaler Act. Trent grows maize and tobacco and has trouble meeting his crop quota, complaining that there isn't enough water. Investigation of this issue reveals that the water is being illegally diverted to Westside.
If the Courier resolves the issue in favor of Tom Anderson, the person responsible for the water being diverted, Trent will mention that he's going back to California since he has no way to meet his quota. However, if you report and kill Anderson, his quota will be accomplished more than he thought, and will offer you some surplus of tobbaco and maize.
"Yes, he said he was looking into the water shortage, but I haven't heard back from him. Got the feeling he wasn't here in any official way. White was talking to me about computer stuff and water delivery schedules through the pipes, but I'm just a farmer. Tech stuff is beyond me. The last person I saw him talking to was Lieutenant Romanowski. Romanowski's around here somewhere. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful."
"Bad soil and rationed water. It's to be expected around here, but the rationing's off. Worst part is NCR won't admit it. Pretty hard to meet their crop quotas with twenty percent less water than we're supposed to be getting. Not that OSI cares about any of this."