Fresno State Study Says Drought Causes $3.3 Billion in Farm Losses

The state’s historic drought has hit the San Joaquin Valley hard, with farm losses in the billions, an increase in health issues and a decline in income, according to a Fresno State study released Thursday.

The report, funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation, was the work of faculty with expertise in water, economics, public health and engineering.

Fresno State faculty and administrators unveiled the report amid a backdrop of dry and dusty fields on the campus farm.

Provost Lynnette Zelezny, who directed the study, said the goal was to produce data showing how the drought is affecting the San Joaquin Valley, but also to use the information to help develop solutions to California’s water dilemma.

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