California Farm Water Coalition

The California Farm Water Coalition provided educational support at a recent water rally in Firebaugh, Calif.

Fallowed farmland acreage estimate jumps to 800,000

Consumers should see 10-15 percent hike in food prices by this summer.    

The California Farm Water Coalition has upgraded its estimate of acres farmers will leave idle this year to 800,000, up from 500,000, because of a lack of water.

 “Farmers are still waiting to the last minute to determine their planting schedules this year in hopes that the water situation will improve,” said Mike Wade, executive director of the California Farm Water Coalition. “But if dry conditions continue the number of unplanted acres will go up and as each

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