Farmers not as impacted by Brown's new drought measures

April 1, 2015 10:27 PM

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More than half of California's agricultural crop value comes from fruit and tree nut production (around $5 billion annually) and about a quarter from commercial vegetables ($6 billion annually), representing more than 60% of total U.S. fruit and tree nut farm value and 51% of vegetable farm value, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"The drought long ago came crashing down on agriculture's head," says Scheuring, whose family farm last year got no water allocated to it by its area district. "Looking ahead to the coming decades, water is our existential threat. The state is growing, there are more and more environmental restricti...

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