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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.

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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

California Governor Jerry Brown (L), Joe Del Bosque (2L) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (R) listen while President Barack Obama speaks after touring the Empresas Del Bosque, Inc. farm February 14, 2014 in Los Banos. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama Tours Central Valley Farms, Pledges Millions For Drought

Farmers in California’s drought-stricken Central Valley said the financial assistance President Barack Obama delivered on his visit Friday does not get to the heart of California’s long-term water problems.

02/14/2014

A sign on a farm trailer reading 'Food grows where water flows,' hangs over dry, cracked mud at the edge of a farm April 16, 2009 near Buttonwillow, California. Central Valley farmers and farm workers are suffering through the third year of the worsening California drought with extreme water shortages and job losses. The office of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger predicts Central Valley farm losses of $325 million to $477 million and total losses for crop production and related business to be between $440 and $644 million. Central Valley is expected to lose 16,200 to 23,700 full-time jobs and food prices are expected to rise nationwide. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Feds Announce $20M In Aid For Drought Affected Farmers

Federal officials have announced $20 million in aid for California farmers affected by the ongoing drought.

02/04/2014

citrus crop freeze, cold temperatures, oranges

Week Of Freezing Temperatures Cost California Citrus Industry $441M

A citrus industry group estimates a week of freezing temperatures in early December cost California’s $2 billion citrus industry about $441 million.

02/03/2014

A farmworker picks lettuce in a field. (Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images)

California Farmers Voice Need For Guest Worker Program; Warn Of Crop Shortage

Farmers said they are having trouble finding enough workers to pick their crops, and may have to switch to machines.

10/30/2013

California High-Speed Rail

California Officials Reach Deal To Settle High-Speed Rail Project Lawsuit

A group representing Central Valley farmers said Thursday it has reached a settlement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority in a lawsuit that was one of the biggest obstacles to the state’s $68 billion bullet train project.

04/18/2013

A pit bull dog. (CBS)

Insurance Company Drops Pit Bull Coverage For California Owners

It’s a breed ban for the much-maligned pit bull, as a major insurance company has dropped coverage for the the dog’s owners.

02/12/2013

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