Preliminary 2014 Drought Economic Impact Estimates in Central Valley Agriculture

TitlePreliminary 2014 Drought Economic Impact Estimates in Central Valley Agriculture
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsHowitt R, Medellín-Azuara J, Lund JR, MacEwan D
Pagination1- 6 pp
Date Published05/2014
TypeReport
Keywordsagriculture, central valley, drought, IMPLAN, SWAP
AbstractCalifornia’s drought will deal a severe blow to Central Valley irrigated agriculture and farm communities this year, costing the industry $1.7 billion and causing more than 14,500 workers to lose jobs, according to preliminary results of a new study by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. Researchers estimated that Central Valley’ irrigators will receive only about two-thirds of their normal river water supply this growing season because of the drought. The preliminary analysis represents the first socio-economic forecast of the 2014 drought.