CIRS Blog about Rural California
Brie Mazurek is the marketing and communications manager at CUESA (the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture), which operates the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Visit http://www.cuesa.org/ for more information.
Originally published by CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture)
As the nation grapples with the worst drought in decades, the USDA added more than 218 counties to its list of natural disaster areas, bringing the total to 1,584—more than half of all US counties. Farmers in the Midwest and Great Plains have been the hardest hit, but the drought is a growing reality for farmers across the country, including California. While the Secretary of Agriculture won’t comment on the drought’s link to climate change, it’s at the forefront of everyone’s mind, and as global warming unfolds, knowledge of dryland agriculture will become increasingly valuable.