California Drought: Farmers Faced With Whether to Grow Crops or Sell Water

April 4, 2015 8:50 PM

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In drought-stricken California, where water has become a precious commodity, some of those who need it most are choosing to forego it.

Some rice farmers, whose livelihoods depend on hydrating their fields, may sell water instead of using it — and they could make $700 an acre-foot, more than they yield from their crops.

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