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Your Call: How is the drought affecting California agriculture?


On the May 5th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our weeklong series on California’s water crisis by discussing the agriculture and its heavy reliance on water. Agriculture uses 80 percent California’s water, but was largely left out of Governor Jerry Brown’s first-ever limits on water use. Should agriculture be subject to limits? What are alternative models for agricultural production in California? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Heather Cooley, director of the Pacific Institute’s Water Program

Samuel Sandoval Solis, assistant professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at UC Davis

Daniel P. Beard, former commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and author of Deadbeat Dams: Why We Should Abolish the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation & Tear Down Glen Canyon Dam

Web Resources:

Green Blog: Optimizing irrigation may ease groundwater overdraft in Pajaro Valley

Mavens Notebook: The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply: Efficiency, Reuse, and Stormwater

Huffington Post: A Big Culprit In California's Drought Starts With 'A' -- And It's Not Almonds

The National Geographic: Lucrative But Thirsty Almonds Come Under Fire Amid Drought

NY Times: Can Farms Survive Without Drying Up California?

Bloomberg: How to Save California Agriculture From Itself