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Farmers on Drought — Roberto Le-Fort, San Luis Obispo County

Roberto Le-Fort and Dolores Howard farm a diverse number of crops just north of San Luis Obispo in the town of Creston, California, including apples, peaches, four varieties of basil, carrots, tomatoes, a multitude of herbs and spices, as well … Continue reading

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Farms, floodplains, flyways: Drought impacts, opportunities in the Sacramento Valley

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Drip-irrigation study sees 37 percent reduction in water use and five percent increase in yield

A new study suggests that drip irrigation for sweet corn can significantly conserve water, reduce fertilizer use and boost crop yield in the low desert of California – and likely in other areas of the state with similar conditions. Although … Continue reading

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UC Study — drought to cause more than $1.3 billion in losses in Sacramento Valley

A University of California economic study projects that 2022 drought impacts to farm production are likely to cause a loss of about 14,300 jobs and an economic loss of about $1.315 billion in the Sacramento Valley, which is the part … Continue reading

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KTXL Fox 40: Farmer turns to UC Davis-developed tech to conserve water

As the drought continues into the warmer months, farmers are looking for ways to help conserve water while still trying to keep their businesses afloat. One Yolo County grower has found a way to do that using a water monitoring … Continue reading

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Farmers On Drought: Nick Boldt – Stone Fruit, Reedley, CA

This summer, CDFA is asking farmers what this drought means for their farms, their families, and their ongoing efforts to reduce water use and improve efficiency. What does this drought mean for your farm? “In a normal year my farm … Continue reading

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State enlists commercial, industrial sectors in water conservation efforts

New Regulations Will Drive Down Commercial Water Use as Urban Residents and Farmers Cut Back Amid Historic Drought, Changing Climate From a California Natural Resources Agency news release As Californians continue efforts to reduce water use at homes and on … Continue reading

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Video — Eggs, dairy and regenerative farming

Through regenerative farming practices, Alexandre Family Farm achieves sustainable water conservation goals in its production of eggs and dairy products. Located in Northern California’s Humboldt and Del Norte counties, the farm also focuses on healthy soils.

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People, Agriculture, and Water in California – from California WaterBlog

by Jay Lund Agriculture is California’s predominant use of managed water.  Agriculture and water together are a foundation for California’s rural economy.  Although most agriculture is economically-motivated and commercially-organized, the sociology and anthropology of agriculture and agricultural labor are basic … Continue reading

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To Break Bread, We Need Water

Throughout the country, those who grow our food are grappling with water in changing climate. By Page Buono Water connects us across generations, cultures, geographies. And, though we may often forget, water also connects us across tables. We need water. … Continue reading

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