Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Ag impacts

There's no drought of cash for California farmers

Impacts of California's Ongoing Drought: Agriculture. PACIFIC INSTITUTE

Pacific Institute

Palm Springs Desert Sun & Los Angeles Times

Even with hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland left dry, California farmers have been thriving and bringing in record-high revenue from crops, according to a new study released Wednesday. Agricultural employment soared to a record 417,000 jobs. The somewhat paradoxical near-record revenue and job rises come at a time when harvested acreage dropped to a 15-year low.

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Group offers guidance for new groundwater law

California Water Blog

A group that helps shape California groundwater policy has proposed several ideas for state consideration in implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The Contemporary Groundwater Issues Council of the Groundwater Association of California weighed in on three major issues the Department of Water Resources will face in the next 18 months as it drafts the law's regulations and guidelines.

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Water+climate: Recognize anthropogenic drought

Nature

California's drought can be a lesson for managing water in a warmer, more densely populated world. The state has a long history of adapting to drought, but obsolete management and overuse of scarce water resources are exacerbating the drought's impacts.

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