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UC Davis study: Drought will deal $2B blow to California agriculture

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The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s drought will cost the state’s agricultural economy an estimated $1.7 billion this year and leave some 14,500 farmworkers without jobs, says a preliminary study released May 19 by the University of California, Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences.

The study was done at the request of the California Department of Food & Agriculture and used computer models and recent water delivery figures to arrive at its conclusions.

Central Valley farmers expect 1/3 less irrigation water in a state that leads the nation in the production of fruits, vegetables. . .

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