CNN: CALIFORNIA’S HISTORIC DROUGHT IMPACTS REST OF NATION
In 2014, one expert predicted consumers would pay more for some groceries because of the California drought. He was often right, according to statistics gathered by Timothy Richards, agribusiness professor at Arizona State University. Prices rose last year for items on your kitchen table.
NBC: JOB AND REVENUE LOSS MOUNT FROM PARCHED CALIFORNIA FARMS
Vast tracts of farmland — mostly in the Central Valley — have been fallowed, which means idled to accumulate moisture. An estimated 564,000 acres will be idled this year, according to an economic update on the drought from researchers at the University of California at Davis. Unused land, of course, triggers lower agricultural output. Idled land means fewer food processing jobs and thinned ranks of truckers to haul goods. Spillover, statewide revenue losses are likely to reach $2.7 billion, with 18,600 lost full-time and part-time jobs, according to the report.
NY TIMES: AFTER YEARS OF DROUGHT, WILDFIRES RAGE IN CALIFORNIA
Between Jan. 1 and July 11, California fire officials have responded to more than 3,381 wildfires, 1,000 more than the average over the previous five years.