‘It’s a scary time’; Life-long Central Valley farmer threatened by drought conditions
Cannon Michael and his family have deep roots farming the fertile fields of the Central Valley, but the worsening California drought has him on edge. … He manages the Bowles Farming Company — 11,000 acres of farmland located outside of Los Banos in Merced County and takes pride in his yearly harvest. … But like his contemporaries, the lack of rainfall has Michael casting a weary eye on the immediate future. This year, his farm saw a 25% cut in water supplies, and he knows there may be more. That’s why Michael is employing extraordinary measures to conserve water at all costs. His farm is primarily irrigated with river water imported from Northern California and every drop counts.
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