California farmers brace for drought, unemployment
POSTED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 8:14am
Strains on water supplies are expected to force farmers to leave fields unplanted
Mendota, CA — The Houston Chronicle is reporting; amid California's driest year on record, the nation's leading agricultural region is locked in drought and bracing for unemployment to soar, sending farm workers to food lines in a place famous for its abundance.
One-third of the Central Valley's jobs are related to farming. Strains on water supplies are expected to force farmers to leave fields unplanted, creating a ripple effect on food processing plant workers, truck drivers and those who sell fertilizer, irrigation equipment and tractors.