Internet survey on impact of California drought and farmers


Internet survey on impact of California drought and farmers

From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your agribusiness update.

** Drought is weighing heavily on California agriculture.

A new study from the University of California, Merced indicates that exceptionally dry conditions in 2021 resulted in a loss of $1.1 billion for agricultural businesses in the state.

And about 8,750 full-time or part-time agricultural workers have lost their jobs.

The report also says 395,000 acres of farmland went unused.

**National Association of Wheat Growers and Paterson, WA Vice President Nicole Berg testified before the House Ag Committee last week during a review of the 2018 Farm Bill.

According to, Berg said the hearing was timely because the NAWG is evaluating the effectiveness of agricultural safety net programs and ways to improve how the USDA administers them.

She says it’s important for Congress to maintain a strong safety net given the cyclical nature of the farm economy.

**A significant portion of America’s largest farmers “cannot take advantage of many apps and services” on the internet due to poor or no connection, according to a Purdue University survey.

According to, 12% of farmers surveyed for the Monthly Farm Economics Barometer said they had no internet access and 16% reported a poor connection.

The gap comes as the agricultural sector adopts precision farming technology such as GPS guidance for tractors and combines.


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