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Insight: Nuts Industry / Drought Research / State of Downtown / Patricia Shultz


California Nuts California’s three-year drought may be changing the future of the state’s agriculture. Farmers  in Yolo County growing row crops like tomatoes and plums are tearing up the plants and replacing them with nut trees. Walnut, almond and pistachio trees produce a higher yield than row crops for the same amount of water and the market for California nuts is booming right now as demand grows around the world. Joining us to explain what's happening with the state's different nut growers are Bruce Lampinen, an almond and walnut specialist at UC Davis who specializes in water relations, Louise Ferguson, a University of California Cooperative Extension specialist in pistachios, and Jack Mariani, a walnut grower in Winters. 

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Drought Research Prof. Lynn Ingram has historical perspective on drought and flood cycles in California.  Ingram has written about tree ring evidence and the severe drought of 1580. We also talk about what tree ring evidence says about the drought we’re in right now. More information about Tenaya Lake here

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State of Downtown CapRadio's Bob Moffittt will be live from the State of Downtown breakfast where the Mayor Kevin Johnson is expected to speak.

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1,000 Places To See Before You Die Author of the national bestseller “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” is speaking Tuesday in Sacramento. We’ll talk with Patricia Shultz about the Second Edition of the popular travel guide that now includes 200 new entries and 28 additional countries.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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