Valley could see a “mass migration” of farmworkers as land is fallowed under state groundwater law

May 2, 2022
Jesse Vad, SJV Water
by Jesse Vad, SJV Water
Worker Jose Acosta cuts up walnut limbs at a farm in Kings County in this 2021 file photo. CREDIT: Lois Henry
Jesse Vad, SJV Water
Jesse Vad, SJV Water

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Advocates are sounding the alarm for what they think could be the collapse of the San Joaquin Valley’s agriculture workforce. As drought continues to hammer the state and groundwater pumping restrictions take effect, farmland will need to be retired en masse. 

While there have been many conversations, including legislation, on how to support farmers during intermittent droughts, advocates say there has been little to no planning for what will happen to the nearly 167,000

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