Farm Bureau chief assails ag water ‘misinformation’

April 10, 2015 5:22 PM

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SACRAMENTO — The leader of California’s largest farmers’ organization assailed as “misinformation” the oft-repeated notion that growers use 80 percent of the state’s water and urged leaders to do a better job at planning for droughts.

California Farm Bureau Federation president Paul Wenger said only about 40 percent of the state’s overall water supply is used for food production in a given year while about half is kept in-stream or sent to refuges to benefit the environment.

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