California almond growers to expand orchards, despite drought

April 17, 2015 7:02 PM

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California almond growers to expand orchards, despite drought

Almond orchards have become ground zero in the debate over California’s epic drought, the focal point of criticism that agriculture uses too much water.

California’s almond farmers are likely to continue planting new orchards in the coming years, increasing production by 2 percent to 3.5 percent a year over the next decade, one of the state’s leading farm economists said Thursday.

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