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Drought brings torrent of media attention to the Central Valley

 •  by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern

The drought in California is making headlines every day across the country, and for good reason: Almost the entire state is in severe drought. And the whole San Joaquin Valley is experiencing extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst categories.

As journalists set their sights on California, many news stories highlight impacts on farmers, particularly those who have decided to tear out some of their crops as a result of the drought.

Most of the attention has fallen on Fresno County and Tulare County.

“We’ve had film crews here from France, the UK Mail, there was an Australian crew here last weekend,” said Tricia Stever Blattler, executive director of the Tulare County Farm Bureau. “And Getty Photo wants to go out and film cattlemen in dire straits.”

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Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
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