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Drought May Cripple Agriculture Jobs

Drought May Cripple Agriculture Jobs
Posted February 3rd, 2014 @ 6:40am by KFBK News - Tim Lantz

The Central Valley is our nation's leading agricultural region, but the drought is beginning to cripple the agricultural workforce.

Strains on water supplies are expected to force farmers to leave fields unplanted.

As a result, state officials are bracing for unemployment to soar in California, since one-third of the Central Valley's jobs are related to farming.

As farmers scale back, it's expected we will see a ripple effect for people working at food processing plants, truck drivers who deliver the farm products, and others associated with agriculture.

That also has food banks and other aid agencies preparing for lines of the unemployed.

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