Federal officials announced on Friday that for the second year in a row, many of California’s Central Valley farmers are unlikely to receive water deliveries from the region’s major irrigation project.
While the bad news was expected, this means that growers will likely have to fallow more acreage.
“It’s frustrating that we’ll be fallowing the same or more land than last year,” said Dan Errotabere, a vegetable and nut farmer in Riverdale, 25 miles southwest of Fresno. “That equates to lost revenue, lost taxes and less employee hours. The effect on communities is real.”