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DROUGHT IMPACTS

More than half the nation’s population growth since 2000 has occurred in drought-stricken areas of the United States, according to a study by the Brookings Institution. Among the 10 counties with the biggest population gain over the time period, 7 are experiencing drought.

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DROUGHT’S COST

California’s farmers will have less irrigation water and will idle more cropland this year than they did last year, says a study by UC-Davis. It estimates direct agricultural losses of $1.8 billion, comprised of $1.2 billion in lower crop, livestock and dairy revenue and $600 million in higher costs to pump water from wells.

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PRODUCE OUTLOOK

The California drought continues into 2015—as of March, 42% of the State is classified under the exceptional drought rating. Despite these conditions, U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable price inflation is expected to be close to its historical average in 2015.

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DROUGHT WATCH

The latest Midwest Drought outlook thru July calls for dry conditions developing and intensifying in the northern Corn Belt states, including northern Illinois.

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DROUGHT IMPACT

California’s drought has driven the prices of some fruits and vegetables up substantially, but others are actually cheaper than they were a year ago. In fact, the U.S. Agriculture Department’s forecast for produce prices predicts modest increases of 2% to 3%.

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CALIFORNIA WATER

Days after taking the unprecedented step of ordering mandatory water-use reductions throughout his state, California Gov. Jerry Brown defended his executive order’s treatment of the state’s agriculture industry and its use of water in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.”

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HEAT WAVE

Wichita, KS, saw a high of 102 degrees Sunday – that included 7% humidity and winds gusting to 40 mph. The prior earliest ever 100+ high for the city was 101 on June 4, 1933.  More 100+ temperatures are forecast this week for the area, which is experiencing severe drought conditions.  

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SMALL WHEAT CROP

Kansas, often the top wheat state in the nation, will reap its smallest harvest since 1996 due to drought and freeze damage, scouts estimated at the end of the annual wheat tour. The crop was pegged at 260.7 mln bu with an avg yield of 33.2 bu/ac.  

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