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.
Most people don’t realize how much water it takes to grow their food. For example, to grow one single almond it takes one gallon of water. To grow one head of lettuce it takes three-and-a-half gallons of water. And to grow one walnut, it takes five gallons of water.
Well drilling is booming across California’s Central Valley, with some drilling companies booked for months.
Federal officials have announced $20 million in aid for California farmers affected by the ongoing drought.
As the drought in California continues, 17 communities throughout the state could run out of water within 60 to 120 days, state officials said.
A sportfish has become a target in the war over water rights in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta. The debate over the striped bass is coming to light amid a controversial state proposal to build two twin tunnels under the Delta.
Farmers said they are having trouble finding enough workers to pick their crops, and may have to switch to machines.
A farmer was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexual assault and false imprisonment after a woman reported he attacked her at a farm in Watsonville last month, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.
Robotic farming could provide relief from recent labor shortages, lessen the unknowns of immigration reform, even reduce costs, increase quality and yield a more consistent product.
Members of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee will hold a special hearing in Madera on Tuesday about the status of the California’s High-Speed Rail project with a focus on rail authority’s purchases of Central Valley farm land.