Trump Tackles Drought

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced during a rally in Fresno, California that he would be supporting farmers by ending the 5-year drought that the state has been suffering from. He claimed to have been speaking to those who make their living via agricultural means and heard their claims that much of the state’s water supply is diverted into wetlands and out to sea in order to preserve a supposedly endanger fish type called a smelt.

In the article, Trump claimed that by reallocating water supplies to farms, he could relieve California of it’s dry spell and aid farmers in their efforts to supply produce to the entire country. Trump was referring to the almost fifty percent of the state’s water supply being distributed to environmental needs while only forty percent is reserved for agriculture and ten percent for cities’ needs. Though unclear about specifics of his plan, he argued that the drought doesn’t really exists and is only a product of misusing water for the wrong purposes.

Because environmental issues are under the jurisdiction of federal control, Trump could indeed act on his words to resolve the problems facing California. Farmers clearly had no love for the endangered fish as they booed the mention of its name; however, activists may come to oppose the Republican candidate due to his statements. Whatever the case, he has once again lived up to his reputation of bold claims that divide individuals over issues. The election promises to only heat up from here.

The State of Farming in Ontario

Lately, Ontario has been facing a severe drought. High temperatures and lack of rain have combined to create the worst precipitation situation the area has seen in twenty years.

There will be a smaller yield for crops this year. That reality has caused stress for individual farmers and their communities. Trade associations have indicated in recent weeks that Canadian growers may need to sell at a loss in order to compete with international growers.

Recently, however there has been some good news. On July 7, some of the hardest-hit regions of the province received over an inch of rain. Some of the affected farmers celebrated with gratitude and good humor on social media.

This has been an abnormally dry year in many parts of Canada. However, true drought conditions exist only in small pockets of the country. Additionally, improvements in technology have meant that people are able to track conditions much more closely. The availability of quality apps has made it easier for the average Canadian to track fluctuations in rainfall.

Agriculture remains a key part of the Canadian economy. When drought hits, it creates waves in the economy that affect us all. Although this situation seems to be part of a normal twenty year weather cycle, some scientists worry that these conditions are a sign of bigger climate change. The recent rainfall was great for Northeastern Ontario, and hopefully the trend will continue.

California Avocado Growers’ Weather Woes

California’s avocado farmers are feeling the burn. They are also feeling the wind and drought. Record temperatures, high winds and a continuing drought have many of the Golden State’s avocado farmers worried about next year’s crop.

Avocado growers in the state are immune to the latest round of restrictions that are meant to conserve water. This is because there are already restrictions in place for agriculture. Considering that it takes 72 gallons of water to produce one pound of avocados, the combination of the restrictions and the drought have hurt the growers’ production capabilities. Some avocado farmers report the loss of almost 17% of their trees.

Farmers have said that much of the product they are sending to stores is what has fallen to the ground. Dropped fruit is ensuring the availability of avocados this year, but farmers are worried about next year’s crop. Jeanne Davis of Coyote Growers says that many of this year’s flowers have withered. Bad flowers this year means less avocados next year.

All of this comes at a bad time for the avocado. Once popular mostly among Hispanics and natives of California, avocados have enjoyed a surge in popularity across the rest of the nation. Growers were relieved when the expected decline in demand for domestic fruit due to NAFTA never materialized. But now they worry about the continuing weather woes in the Golden State.