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Preliminary 2014 Drought Economic Impact Estimates in Central Valley Agriculture

Publication Date
Apr 30, 2014
Center for Watershed Sciences John Muir Institute of the Environment


Californias drought will deal a severe blow to Central Valley irrigated agriculture and farm communities this year, costing the industry 1.7 billion and causing more than 14,500 workers to lose jobs, according to preliminary results of a new study by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. Researchers estimated that Central Valley irrigators will receive only about two-thirds of their normal river water supply this growing season because of the drought. The preliminary analysis represents the first socio-economic forecast of the 2014 drought.

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