Texas Rice Farmers Hit Hard By State's Drought

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Ronald Gertson, a fourth generation rice farmer, walks in a closed... News PhotoAgriculture,Built Structure,Business,Farmer,Finance,Gulf Coast States,Horizontal,Texas,USA,WalkingPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2014 Getty ImagesLISSIE, TX - MARCH 12: Ronald Gertson, a fourth generation rice farmer, walks in a closed rice storage facility on March 12, 2014 in Lissie, Texas. Due to a severe drought afflicting the region, the facility closed as farmers like Gertson do not have enough water to grow a sufficient rice crop. Recently the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality agreed to cut off water deliveries to most rice farmers in the Lower Colorado River Basin for the third straight year as the lakes in central Texas are only 38 percent full. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)