30 Jul '11, 12am

California farmers are investing in high value crops & high efficiency irrigation, making more money with less water.

In today’s San Jose Mercury News, Paul Wenger, of the California Farm Bureau Federation issues a caution about the limits to agricultural water conservation , citing rising prices in San Diego that are squeezing avocado farmers out of business. The article is striking, however, for failing to mention the actual prices. It’s worth exploring this issue a little deeper – because when it comes to agricultural water conservation, price matters. Here’s another article , also by the California Farm Bureau Federation, from this May. It reports that agricultural water prices in San Diego have risen sharply since 2005. Water short local agencies have decided that they can no longer provide water for local farmers at discounted prices. Before recent increases, water for agriculture in this area cost $400 to $500 per acre-foot - very high prices for farmers in California. Today, the C...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/bnelson/price_matters_-...

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