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CDFA Programs Promote Resilience During Water Awareness Month 

It’s May, and that means it’s Water Awareness Month. The weather whiplash Californians have experienced over the past few months underscores the importance of our water systems.  While the recent wet weather has eased drought impacts on California, CDFA remains … Continue reading

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Governor Newsom Eases Drought Restrictions

From the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom: WHAT TO KNOW: Climate change has made California’s dry and wet spells more extreme and unpredictable – after the three driest years on record, recent rain and snowfall have dramatically changed conditions in many … Continue reading

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Rain welcome but drought persists

The graphic below from the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service demonstrates that almost all of California remains in a devastating drought, despite encouragement from recent precipitation. Californians are reminded to save water by … Continue reading

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Report: Climate extremes compound the severity of California’s continuing drought

Estimated $2 billion in GDP and 19,414 jobs lost to drought in 2022 Any way you look at it – precipitation, temperature, the amount of stored water available – the past three years have been the driest period on record, … Continue reading

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Farmers on Drought — Pang Chang, Fresno County

On the west side of Fresno County, you’ll find the farm of Pang Chang. He and his family have been growing crops in California for more than 30 years and farmed in Laos prior to that.   Pang started by … Continue reading

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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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