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photo - Farmer in a cannabis field How Does Cannabis Cultivation Affect California’s Water? The number of cannabis farms in California has grown dramatically in recent years. How is this affecting the state’s water? Read More
photo - Low Water Level at New Melones Lake, California Anticipating and Addressing the Impacts of the Drought With the latest drought off to a strong start, what lessons can we learn from the last major dry period—and what actions can we take to manage it? Read More
photo - Warehouse Worker Wearing Face Mask and Protective Workwear Checking Products Using Tablet Farms, Freight, and Retail Support the Recovery in Central California Central California is seeing promising signals from certain industries as well as hard-hit sectors. Still, the economic situation across this region remains uncertain. Read More
photo - Wheat Can Dryland Farming Help California Agriculture Adapt to Future Water Scarcity? Future restrictions on groundwater pumping to meet sustainability requirements could result in large areas of farmland coming out of production in the San Joaquin Valley. We talked to agroecologist Caity Peterson about the potential for dryland farming to reduce the need to fallow land. Read More
photo - Agriculture Field in Brawley, California - Pixel CA DWR Finding a Balance between Supply and Demand to Get to Groundwater Sustainability The San Joaquin Valley is facing difficult tradeoffs in getting to sustainable groundwater management. We talked with Emmy Cattani, a fifth-generation farmer from Kern County, about how to minimize economic harm resulting from efforts to reduce groundwater use. Read More
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