SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — 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.
The findings are contained in a preliminary study by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences that was released on Monday. The study was done at the request of the California Department of Food and Agriculture and used computer models and recent water delivery figures to arrive at its conclusions.READ MORE: San Francisco Sees 3,000 Car Break-Ins in 1 month; 'It's Out of Control'
It estimates 6 percent of farmland in the Central Valley could go unplanted because of cuts in water deliveries.READ MORE: At-Risk Veteran Missing In Alameda; Police Seek Public's Help
UC Davis’ Jay Lund, co-author of the study, said the resulting economic damage shouldn’t threaten California’s overall economy. Agriculture makes up less than 3 percent of California’s $1.9 trillion gross domestic product annually.MORE NEWS: Afghan Refugee Who Moved Family To NorCal Shot Dead In San Francisco While Working As Driver
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