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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers or “water witches.”
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.
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.
Federal officials have announced $20 million in aid for California farmers affected by the ongoing drought.