Persistent drought adds billions to California agriculture losses: study

As California's drought stretches into a third straight year, the state's agriculture industry is incurring billions in related losses, a new study...

November 24, 2022
9:50 PM

As California's drought stretches into a third straight year, the state's agriculture industry is incurring billions in related losses, a new study has found. The report estimates direct impacts on farm activity of $1.2 billion this year — up from $810 million in 2021. But the effects of the drought in 2022 extended far beyond that $1.2 billion sum, according to the report, released by the University of California, Merced's Water Systems Management Lab. Impacts on food processing industries that depend on farm products were about $845 million in 2022 — up from $590 million last year.

Sharon Udasin