Drought Having Heavy Impact on Rice Farming

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SACRAMENTO —

Rice farmers still don’t know how much water they will get to grow their crop this year.

Farmers in Natomas have been told they will only get 40 percent of what they normally get, meaning more than 100,000 acres in our area will look like dry dirt instead of a luck crop of rice.

Rice in the Sacramento valley is a $5 billion industry. Next year that will be cut by 20 percent. Farmers say if we don’t start investing in more water storage like reservoir’s we will see more and more farm land turn to dry dirt instead of lush crops. Our community is growing and they say so much the water we save for droughts like this one.

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