Economic Analysis of the 2015 Drought for California Agriculture

TitleEconomic Analysis of the 2015 Drought for California Agriculture
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsHowitt R, MacEwan D, Medellín-Azuara J, Lund JR, Sumner D
Pagination16pp
Date Published08/2015
TypeReport
Keywordsagriculture, drought, groundwater, water management, water policy, water transfers
AbstractThe drought is tightening its grip on California agriculture, squeezing about 30 percent more workers and cropland out of production than in 2014, according to the latest drought impact report by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. In 2015, the state’s agricultural economy directly will lose about $1.84 billion and 10,100 jobs because of the drought, the report estimated, with the Central Valley being the region hit hardest. The analysis also forecasts how the industry will fare if the drought persists through 2017.