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Report · November 2018

California’s Water: Water for Farms

Ellen Hanak, Jay Lund, Josué Medellín-Azuara, Daniel Sumner, Thomas Harter, Doug Parker, Alvar Escriva-Bou, Jelena Jezdimirovic, and Sarge Green

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California is the nation’s largest farm state and a global market leader. Farms have steadily improved productivity per unit of water used, but the latest drought has exposed agriculture’s growing vulnerability to water shortages. This brief describes a number of opportunities to strengthen agricultural water management for the long term.

This publication is part of a briefing kit that summarizes 13 of the state’s most pressing water management issues.


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