Commentary: San Joaquin Valley farmers face challenges in managing water
… a conference held this past week at Fresno State, “Managing water and farmland transitions in the San Joaquin Valley,” drew a large crowd of growers and water district managers. The event was sponsored by the Public Policy Institute of California [PPIC], a nonpartisan group that provides analysis on key issues facing the state.The PPIC’s report on the Valley’s water situation makes clear the stakes: Even if growers do everything right, a half million acres could go out of production because of water-supply shortages. … Using water wisely while re-purposing land properly will be the key issue facing San Joaquin Valley farmers for years to come. -Written by Tad Weber, The Bee’s opinion editor.