Drought's Economic Impact on Agriculture

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UC Davis researchers forecast the socio-economic effects of the drought on California agriculture for 2014 and beyond. Economists use computer models and the latest estimates of water deliveries, well-pumping capacities and acres fallowed. The researchers exploit new satellite remote-sensing technologies to estimate fallowed acreage as the drought unfolds.


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Economic Analysis of the 2016 California Drought for Agriculture (California Water Blog, August 15, 2016)

Estimates of Irrigated Cropland Idled due to the 2016 California Drought: Clarifications and Supplemental Information (NEW! Memorandum, September 1, 2016)

 

Collaborators: Duncan MacEwan

Daniel Sumner 

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2016 Drought

2015 Drought

Economic Analysis of the 2015 Drought for California Agriculture

The drought is tightening its grip on California agriculture, squeezing about 30 percent more workers and cropland out of production than in 2014, but the industry overall remains robust, according to the latest estimates by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.

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2014 Drought