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Dried and cracked earth is visible on an unplanted field at a farm on April 29, 2014 near Mendota, California.(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Farmers Urge Gov. Brown To Veto Legislation That Would Regulate Pumping California’s Groundwater

California Central Valley farmers are urging Gov. Jerry Brown to veto legislation that would regulate the pumping of well water in California for the first time.

09/15/2014

Artist rendering of a California High-Speed Rail trail. (CA High-Speed Rail Authority)

Central Valley Farmers’ Legal Efforts To Stop High-Speed Rail Plan Could Be Coming To An End

Central Valley farmers opposed to construction of California’s high-speed rail may face their last legal stop this week. Attorneys will petition the State Supreme Court to halt the rail plan dead in its tracks.

09/01/2014

Jose Marquez with Arthur & Orum Well Drilling checks muddy water as it is discharged from a well drilling rig on April 29, 2014 near Mendota, California. As the California drought continues, Central California farmers are hiring well drillers to seek water underground for their crops after the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation stopped providing Central Valley farmers with any water from the federally run system of reservoirs and canals fed by mountain runoff. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Drought Drying Up Farmers’ Wells; Study Predicts California Economy To Lose Billions, Thousands Of Jobs Lost

Farmers in pockets of California hardest hit by the drought could begin to see their wells run dry a year from now if rain and snow remain scarce in the agriculturally rich state, according to a study released Tuesday.

07/15/2014

Dried and cracked earth is visible on an unplanted field at a farm on April 29, 2014 near Mendota, California.(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

KCBS Cover Story Series: California’s Record Drought Taking Toll On Central Valley Farmers And Businesses

Cash registers in the Central Valley are seeing less activity these days because there’s less water. The state’s record drought is impacting farm towns in California’s Central Valley in a major way.

06/27/2014

Young Farmer

New Generation Of Farmers Finds Purpose, Satisfaction Going Back To The Land

Young people are drawn to big cities and the latest technology these days but, here in the Bay Area, a new generation of farmers is working the land on the urban edge.

05/23/2014

A stream of water cuts through a dry section of Folsom Lake on March 20, 2014 in Granite Bay, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Drought Could Cost Agricultural Economy $1.7B, Leave Thousands Without Work

Researchers say California’s drought could cost the state’s agricultural economy $1.7 billion this year and leave more than 14,000 farmworkers without work.

05/19/2014

California Drought Dries Up Bay Area Reservoirs

California Farmers To Get More Water As Feds Ease Drought-Related Cutbacks

California farmers and cities are set to get more water, as state and federal officials ease drought-related water cutbacks because of recent rain and snow.

04/18/2014

The Kern Water Bank aquifer near Bakersfield. (CBS)

Ceded By State Years Ago, Control Of Central Valley Water Bank Under Scrutiny Amid Drought

Amid the worst California drought on record, a Central Valley water bank that could bail out struggling farmers is instead off limits to most everyone.

03/18/2014

Water Witch

California Drought Prompts Farmers To Hire ‘Water Witches’

Farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers or “water witches.”

03/02/2014

Workers drill for water for a farmer on February 6, 2014 near Bakersfield, California. Now in its third straight year of unprecedented drought, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years and possible the worst in the past 500 years. Grasslands that support cattle have dried up, forcing ranchers to feed them expensive supplemental hay to keep them from starving or to sell at least some of their herds, and farmers are struggling with diminishing crop water and whether to plant or to tear out permanent crops which use water year-round like almond trees. About 17 rural communities could run out of drinking water within several weeks and politicians are pushing to undo laws that protect several endangered species. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Federal Agency To California Farmers: ‘No Water For You’

Federal officials say many farmers caught in California’s drought will receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state.

02/21/2014

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