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Modoc County farmer Lucky Ackley says extreme dry conditions in the Klamath Basin have impacted farmers and ranchers who this season had to make difficult choices, such as whether to fallow ground or sell herds, during a time of skyrocketing energy and other production costs.
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Farm fields lie fallow in the Klamath Basin. In April, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced cutbacks that limit farmers to 15% or less of their full water allocation.
Photo/Kathy Coatney
Klamath Basin farmer Jeff Boyd is using limited water supplies to keep his established alfalfa alive. He estimates he will fallow 35% to 45% of his cropland this year due to water shortages.
Photo/Kathy Coatney
Costs spike, fields go fallow in Klamath
The Klamath Basin has dealt with reduced water for decades, but this year is particularly grim. Read more...

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