San Joaquin Valley agriculture needs to link up with Silicon Valley — and will do so as the food-production industry accelerates into a higher-tech era to deal with water shortages, an environmentally-friendly regulatory environment and groundwater pumping issues.
The year 2013 was the driest in California's recorded history, and predictions for 2014 aren't much better. View 25 amazing images that showcase the effects of the California drought, including NASA satellite photos.
Set during the California Water Crisis of 2009, The Fight for Water film highlights the human impact a federal ruling had on a migrant farming community when their water supply was shut off, and the march they staged in order to fight for their water. Check out the film's trailer here!
Don't believe the hype! See for yourself what percentage of water has been used for environment, agriculture and urban usage in California.
U.S. Congressman Ken Calvert's gave an amazing response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2015 proposal today, calling it "The greatest expansion on federal control over land and water resources in the 42 year history of the Clean Water Act. ... and should make every landowner fearful that the EPA will be knocking on the door with an enforcement action.”
An OP-Ed featured in the Fresno Bee spurred an informative response from The California Farm Water Coalition saying that and that there "...needs to be a discussion about possibly limiting the number of thirsty almond trees grown in California."
A video on the rally that brought together farmers, farm workers and community leaders from throughout the central and southern San Joaquin Valley to work cooperatively in making more water available for farmers who are in danger of having to fallow land or lose permanent plantings in this exceptional drought.
According to the Western Farm Press agriculture news site, the California Farm Water Coalition has sharply increased its projection of idle acres this year to 800,000, up from 500,000.
Researchers from UC Davis flooded rice paddies on a 1,700-acre farm and converted the fields into wetland fish habitat, much like the vast marshlands that once covered the state's inland valleys during the winter. The amazing results? More fish survived than normally do and they are bigger than ever!