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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Some Farmers Still Exporting Crops, Despite Drought

Some of Yuma County's alfalfa will go to feedlots and dairies in the region. Others will be shipped overseas to China, where the demand for hay has grown. (Laurel Morales)

Some of Yuma County’s alfalfa will go to feedlots and dairies in the region. Others will be shipped overseas to China, where the demand for hay has grown.
(Laurel Morales)

Federal officials are cutting off water to some California farms stuck in the worst drought on record. At the same time Arizona farmers are irrigating their fields with the diminishing Colorado River.

They’re using the water to grow most of the country’s winter vegetables, and even shipping some crops to China. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Laurel Morales of Fronteras Desk looks at the controversy of indirectly exporting water overseas.

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