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.
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.
Farmers said they are having trouble finding enough workers to pick their crops, and may have to switch to machines.
Citing a labor shortage on California farms, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has asked the Department of Homeland Security to focus immigration enforcement efforts on violent criminals instead.
University of California, Berkeley officials said they’re prepared to take legal action if Occupy activists refuse to leave school-owned land where they have pitched tents and planted crops.
Waste No Food connects restaurants that have excess food with charities that need it, all to help the hungry.
A resolution by San Francisco Assemblywoman Fiona Ma would help local farms and the local economy as well.
Many farmers in Brentwood are concerned that even more rain this late in the year could severely damage their cherry crop for the season.
State officials have boosted the amount of water available to agencies that supply 25 million California residents and farms that cover almost a million acres.
Oakland City Attorney John Russo said he will no longer advise the City Council about its plans to license large-scale marijuana farms.