A dry field sits beside an orchard in Merced. The drought is expected to cost California's agricultural economy $1.84 billion and 10,100 jobs in 2015, according to a UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences report. Credit: Gregory Urquiaga
The drought is tightening its grip on California agriculture, squeezing about 30 percent more workers and cropland out of production than in 2014, according to the latest drought impact report by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.
In 2015, the state’s agricultural economy will lose about $1.84 billion and 10,100 seasonal jobs because of the drought, the report estimated, with the Central Valley hardest hit.
The analysis also forecasts how the industry will fare if the drought persists through 2017... Read More