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An aerial applicator seeds a field in Sutter County with rice. With plenty of dry, sunny days this spring, Sacramento Valley rice farmers have seen little disruptions to their planting schedules, though water cutbacks could reduce rice acreage by about 20%, according to initial estimates.
Photo/Ching Lee
An aerial applicator seeds a field in Sutter County with rice. With plenty of dry, sunny days this spring, Sacramento Valley rice farmers have seen little disruptions to their planting schedules, though water cutbacks could reduce rice acreage by about 20%, according to initial estimates.
Photo/Ching Lee
Water shortages will reduce rice plantings
Dry weather this spring has created ideal planting conditions for California rice farmers, but lack of available irrigation water has forced cutbacks to how much they can grow. Read more...

Farmers grapple with implications of water cuts
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Commentary: Six factors will ensure California agriculture’s future
I am proud to be a part of California agriculture. Our state has the impressive responsibility of feeding our country—and even the world. We have led the nation in agricultural production for the past 60 years due to our richly productive land and climate. Read more...

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