Drought threatens Calif. agriculture business
Thursday, April 02, 2009 6:48 PM
By Nannette Miranda
SACRAMENTO, CA (KGO) -- Three years of drought are also threatening to destroy California farmers, and the state's multi-billion dollar agriculture industry.
The news of the smaller snowpack doesn't improve the dry situation in the usually fertile Central Valley. That means farmers can't expect to see more water for their crops.
Making the problem worse is a still in-tact court order to reduce pumping in the delta to save endangered fish.
"On the high side, they're getting a 20 percent delivery. Only 20 percent of the water they would normally count on is going to be delivered. And they can't make a crop with that amount of water," said Timothy Quinn from the Association of California Water Agencies.
It's heartbreaking to see the area that supplies 40% of the nation's food supply vanishing, with farmers refusing to plant or just ripping up their crops. Read More
In visiting with several friends from CA over the last couple of months, they have all told me that California doesn’t have a water problem, they have a water storage problem. California is our biggest agricultural state. When food producing areas get hit with some sort of disaster I don’t think most people give it a second thought. Our food has to come from somewhere, it doesn’t just magically appear.