Releases and Statements

You are here: Home / Learn More / Releases and Statements
3/18/14: Estimate of unplanted acres jumps to 800,000; consumers expected to feel impacts

3/18/14: Estimate of unplanted acres jumps to 800,000; consumers expected to feel impacts

The California Farm Water Coalition has upgraded its estimate of acres farmers will leave idle this year to 800,000 acres, up from 500,000, because of a lack of water.

"Farmers are still waiting to the last minute to determine their planting schedules this year in hopes that the water situation will improve," said Mike Wade, Coalition Executive Director. "But if dry conditions continue the number of unplanted acres will go up and as each day passes the prospects of returning to a normal water year evaporates."

2/21/14: Zero Allocation Result of Drought, Broken Water Supply System

2/21/14: Zero Allocation Result of Drought, Broken Water Supply System

"Today's announcement by the Bureau of Reclamation of a zero water allocation for millions of acres of California farmland was not unexpected. The announcement also underscores how broken the state's water supply system has become and that significant policy decisions and investments must be made to assure food production is a viable part of California's future.

Print Friendly