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Oregon Farmers May Feel Effect Of California Drought

Written by Steve Leader on March 31, 2014

A large amount of California farmland will be left idle this year because of severe drought. One of the ripple effects could be a drop in demand for Oregon seeds.  That may not seem like a big deal. But it could be.

Katie Faust, with the Oregon Farm Bureau, says the state grows a lot of seed crops.  Many are sold to California farmers. Faust says, for example, it’s likely seeds used by California carrot farmers came from Oregon. Because of the drought, demand for those seeds may drop this year.

According to Faust, “everyone’s watching what’s going on in California.”  She also points out parts of Oregon (Klamath and Malheur counties) may not get enough irrigation water this year. That could cut into supplies of potatoes, and hay for dairy farmers

Photo: courtesy Associated Press


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