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.
A citrus industry group estimates a week of freezing temperatures in early December cost California’s $2 billion citrus industry about $441 million.
Farmers said they are having trouble finding enough workers to pick their crops, and may have to switch to machines.
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.
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.