Brown’s drought emergency significant to farmers
January 17, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown is slated to declare a drought emergency today which could lead to the reallocation of water from seasonal crops to permanent crops. [CNBC]
Brown’s declaration means that crops such as avocado trees would have priority over crops such as lettuce and tomatoes. It is expected that prices for salads and spaghetti will increase.
After two dry years, California is experiencing its driest winter on record because of a stubborn high pressure system off of the West Coast which is nearly four miles high and 2,000 miles long. And it is not budging.
Meat prices are also increasing as ranchers thin their herds because the low rainfall has decimated grazing lands. During this time of year, their lands are usually covered in lush green grass.
California’s $45 billion farm economy is the largest in the nation.