Talk about a one-two punch. Between the lack of rain and the sub-freezing temperatures, “there’s no doubt about it – the two together give it a harder case,” says James McFarlane, who grows 700 acres of citrus in Fresno County.
And McFarlane says he’s one of the lucky ones: “Even though we’ve spent all that money on propane and labor, to get those wind machines on and off, even though for about a 40 day period I only spent two full nights in my warm bed, we’re probably gonna make more money because of it.”
That’s because his supply weathered the weather fairly well. Others did not. California’s citrus industry estimates the cost of the seven-day December freeze at about $440 million. That’ll lead to a shorter California citrus season in stores, and perhaps higher prices for customers.
Big businesses in California say they want to be more involved in managing the state’s water supply.
The project manager for the downtown Sacramento Kings arena project says the massive construction project poses many challenges.
California ranchers are bouncing back after the drought forced many of them to sell their livestock last winter. Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton talks to two ranchers she visited last year to see how they're doing.
More birds affected by a 'mystery goo' in the San Francisco Bay area have been released to the wild.
As the drought continues, some farmers are changing the way they water their crops and use the land. Some of the newest conservation technology is on display at this week's Colusa Farm Show.