There are far bigger issues affecting the Delta than water exports and returning to a time prior to Western development is unrealistic. To describe the...
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Did you know that almonds have long been a treasured food? Eaten by pharoahs and traders of the silk road, almonds are even mentioned in the biblical accounts.
California has the second most irrigated acreage in the United States, with Nebraska alone irrigating more. California's almost 8 million irrigated acres are dedicated to a wide diversity of more than 300 crops.
California rice production provides approximately 500,000 acres of habitat annually. This habitat provides nearly 60% of the food resources consumed by wintering waterfowl in the Central Valley and is the sustenance for 2.5 million of the 5 million ducks using the Pacific Flyway.
California is the leading producer of fresh citrus in the country! California's citrus farmers grow nearly 77% of the country's fresh market citrus. (Florida's citrus primarily goes to making orange juice!)
California grows about 90% of the country's cantaloupe melons every year.
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."
California farmers recognize the dire situation this year’s drought brings. So much so that more than 1,200 of them signed a Petition Letter to Congress insisting they set aside political differences & work together to address the California water crisis.
Today, February 26, is National Pistachio Day! To help celebrate we've brought together some fun facts, while some of California's food bloggers and Setton Farms have teamed up to bring us some very special recipes.