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UC Davis Forecasts Major Job Losses Due to Drought

 
UC Davis Forecasts Major Job Losses Due to Drought
Posted May 19th, 2014 @ 3:21pm by KFBK News - Mike Simpson

UC Davis researchers are forecasting some big job losses due to our drought.

A team is expecting our very dry summer to lead to more than 14,000 job losses across the Central Valley, with most concentrated south of Fresno.

Professor Richard Howitt says that will add up to a $1.7 billion loss for the ag industry, since farmers aren't receiving their typical water deliveries.

"What does that mean in terms of crops? We see about 400,000 acres coming out of production -- extra, that is," Howitt said. 

Growers are expected to replace their usual deliveries with groundwater, but pumping costs more and they will still be left short.

The state department of food and ag requested this study to get a better understanding of the drought's economic effects.

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