Thursday, July 23, 2015 |
Citrus growers in California’s San Joaquin Valley are in "survival mode" as they’re entering another year without water. Many farmers in the on the east side of the San Joaquin Valley (known to some as the Citrus Belt) depend on water from the Friant-Kern Canal -- a federal irrigation project drawing most of its water from the San Joaquin River. For the second consecutive season, more than 20 irrigation districts receiving water from this project face a zero allocation. Zack Stuller is a California citrus grower who’s been affected by the water cutbacks. He joins us with Tulare County Farm Bureau Executive Director Tricia Stever-Blattler, who oversees one of the state’s largest citrus-producing regions.