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25% voluntary cut in farmers' water use OK'd by California amid drought
25% voluntary cut in farmers' water use OK'd by California amid drought

In a move reflecting the growing severity of California’s drought, state water regulators have accepted a historic proposal by delta-region farmers to voluntarily cut water usage by 25%, or alternatively, allow a quarter of their fields to lay idle. The action follows a move by Gov. Jerry Brown to cut urban water use by 25% -- an emergency measure that has caused no small amount of resentment among many residents who say agriculture is not doing its share to conserve water. Under an agreement with growers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the hub of the state’s water system, the state will allow farmers with some of the oldest and most secure water rights to...

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