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California Farms Face $3 Billion Loss From Historic Drought (1)

Nov. 23, 2022, 8:23 PM

California’s worst drought has left growers in the top US agricultural state facing losses of $3 billion, just as producers brace for more widespread cuts to water supplies.

The state’s driest three-year period on record resulted in the crop revenue losses after growers left a total of 1.3 million acres unplanted over 2021 and 2022 as compared with 2019, according to a study commissioned by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. That’s the most idled acreage in recent memory, with effects cascading down the food industry.

California’s Central Valley -- which grows about a quarter of all US food ...