California’s Drought Is ‘The Greatest Water Loss Ever Seen’ — Here’s How It Has Impacted Agriculture

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
By Paul Martin

Jennifer Welsh
BusinessInsider.com
July 15, 2014

California’s current drought will cost the state $2.2 billion and 17,000 jobs, researchers announced at a press conference July 15 in Washington, D.C. The findings are from a new report from the UC Davis Center for Watershed Science.

California is one of the U.S.’s biggest food producers — responsible for almost half the country’s produce and nuts and 25% of our milk and cream.

But this food-rich state is in its third year of drought. In May, 100% of the state was in drought and the food-producing Central Valley was in an “exceptional drought.”

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