Episode 38 Can California Continue to Grow the World’s Food Without Reliable Water? Friday, September 3, 2021 Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Agricultural land near Adin, a small town in Modoc County, is irrigated in July 2019. The USDA declared a natural disaster in California due to the drought, which means farms become eligible for loans.Anne Wernikoff / CalMatters California’s ag industry uses 80 percent of the state’s water. As the drought continues, can the Golden State continue to operate its fields as usual? On this episode of California State of Mind, Nigel talks with the person charged with promoting California ag to the rest of the world. Karen Ross has served as Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture since 2011. She grew up on a small farm southwest of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, so she’s no stranger to the demands of a working farm. We’ll hear about the drought, almonds and the fate of her football team, the Nebraska Cornhuskers.