About 4 percent of the California agricultural economy - $1.8 billion - will be lost in 2015 due to the California drought, and combined with ripple effects in affiliated industries, will produce a $2.7 billion economic hit, reported the San Jose Mercury-News.
The downturn will be felt most sharply in the San Joaquin Valley, where five of...
As California struggles through the four-year drought, a common complaint asserts that agriculture generates only 2 percent of the gross domestic product, but consumes 80 percent of the state's water. Both figures are deceptive, says an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times written by a UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) agricultural economist, and the California secretary of agriculture.
The great Central Valley of California, which stretches from Bakersfield to Redding, has striking differences in rainfall - with the south much drier than the north, wrote George Skelton in his Los Angeles Times column Capitol Journal. The fact is important, he says, because crops growing in the hot dry south take more water than those in the northern reaches.
If a drought in California stretched on for 72 years, it wouldn't be a complete disaster, reported Bettina Boxall in the Los Angeles Times. According to computer modeling research by a group of UC and CSU scientists, the California economy would not collapse and agriculture would shrink, but not disappear.
"The results were surprising," said Jay Lund, director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis. "California has a remarkable ability to weather extreme and prolonged droughts from an economic perspective."
Dan Sumner, director of...
Due to the California drought and what scientists believe will be a drier future, the state's farmers will likely move away from commodity crops to focus on high-value products like almonds, pistachios and wine grapes, according to Richard Howitt, agricultural economist at UC Davis. Howitt was used as a source in a lengthy story on Bloomberg.com about repercussions worldwide of the three-year dry spell in the Golden State.