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Drought Hits California Farmers, Consumers May Be Next


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A small pool of water is surrounded by dried and cracked earth that was the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir on January 28, 2014 in San Jose, California.
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A small pool of water is surrounded by dried and cracked earth that was the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir on January 28, 2014 in San Jose, California.

With 2013 the driest year on record in California and 2014 looking like it might be even drier, farmers are struggling with shrinking yields and possibly up to a half-million acres taken out of production. This is expected to drive up prices for many foods such as fruits, nuts and dairy products. We'll discuss rough times for California's farming community.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Andy Souza, president and CEO of the Community Food Bank, which serves in Fresno, Madera, Kings and Kern counties
  • Dan Sumner, professor of agricultural and resource economics at UC Davis; and director of the Agricultural Issues Center for the University of California
  • Diana Tellefson Torres, vice president of the United Farm Workers; and UFW Foundation executive director
  • Joe Del Bosque, farmer on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley; serves on the California Water Commission

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