Ventura County Farmers Catch a Drought-Break!

Farmers who have been having their share of headaches because of the drought felt a bit of relief Wednesday after Governor Jerry Brown imposed a mandatory 25% cut in water use for everyone except the agriculture industry. They weren't overlooked. After a series of tough years that kept some from growing a full crop and having to let some of the help go, the Governor basically gave them marching orders to watch and report what they use.

Ventura County Agriculture Commissioner Henry Gonzales says growers will have to get smart meters and watch how they use their water. Improper use could lead to fines or some action in the future, but not yet.

Robert Roy is the President of the Ventura County Agricultural Association. He says having everyone cut will help farmers do a better job of making the food everyone eats. He says last year, in Ventura County, job losses totaled about 10%. Next year, he says, it could be higher.

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