Snowpack statewide is only at 59% of its April 1 average, based on electronic measurements according to the California Department of Water Resources. Farmers in the Central Valley producing water-intensive crops such as almonds and tomatoes are already facing some difficult choices. “It’s really serious, particularly in the Central Valley.”UC Davis Agricultural Economist Daniel Sumner
The threat of heat illness remains a concern in California agriculture. This video emphasizes that farm workers and farm operators share benefit from measures to mitigate high temperatures. At about 1 min 30 sec. Sumner outlines the economic incentives benefits to farm of reducing the chance of worker heat illness.
California drought: rains bring scant relief
California’s worst drought on record is far from over.
theecologist.com, January 2015.
Egg prices are on the rise
Look for egg prices to climb 10 to 30 percent in 2015. Factors include a law requiring more living space for chickens.
The Press-Enterprise, 2015
Egg Price, Production Prospects in US
Even ahead of the ban on battery cage eggs in California, pundits were forecasting dramatic increases in egg prices for consumers across the country. What are the prospects for the US egg market in 2015? thepoultrysite.com, January 2015
Foods expected to rise in price in 2015
2015 means new laws, and new prices for some of California’s most popular foods. The state’s drought continues to cause price hikes on certain foods, and it extends beyond California’s borders.
KXTV 13, January 2015.
Why egg prices will likely rise in 2015
The new year is expected to bring rising chicken egg prices across the U.S. as California starts requiring farmers to house hens in cages with enough space to move around and stretch their wings. CBS News, January 1, 2015
New California Law Means Hen Houses Nationwide Will Have To Make Room For Chickens
The new year is expected to bring rising chicken egg prices across the U.S. as California starts requiring farmers to house hens in cages with enough space to move around and stretch their wings. CBS 13/AP, January 2015
Almond industry projects short-term flat growth
Drought, not markets, to blame for prediction as growers still in mood to plant
Western Farm Press, December 23, 2014
Almonds Generate 100,000 Jobs in California Capitol Public Radio