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California Drought Challenges
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Tue Sep 1, 2015 09:10 AM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- California's agricultural economy is still looking strong even as farmers increasingly find themselves in battles over water rights.

Despite the challenges of a prolonged drought, data reported last week from USDA shows California farmers had just under $54 billion in cash receipts for crops and livestock in 2014. Of those totals, $38.7 billion came from crops, of which fruits and nuts accounted for $21.3 billion. Livestock production accounted for $15.3 billion in cash receipts.

Overall, the $54 billion in gross receipts is 5% higher than 2013 and is considered a record. Paul Wenger, president of the California ...

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