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Feeling the economic pain of drought

Reduced water allowances for farmers could mean layoffs and other economic impacts, says anĀ article in the Wall Street Journal by Jim Carlton.

The article reported that some farmers have been told to expect just 30 percent of their allotments. In response to water cutbacks, many farmers must reduce planting and leave some fields fallow.

The article referenced a UC Davis study, co-authored by Richard Howitt, of 2009 water cutbacks that resulted in "285,000 acres going fallow and the loss of 9,800 agricultural jobs, for a $340 million loss in farm-related revenues."

Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Tags: drought (197), economic impact (6), water (93)

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