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California Farmers Struggle With Ongoing Drought Conditions

BAKERSFIELD, CA - JUNE 25: A mirage creates the illusion of water on a dry highway on a hot summer day as drought conditions worsen on June 25, 2007 near Bakersfield, California. Dairy farmers are still reeling from the 2006 heat wave and a hard freeze in January that devastated citrus and other crops. Little rain and a snow pack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains that is only 29 percent of normal is bad news for area farmers. One farm north of Bakersfield has reportedly received only one inch of rain instead of the usual five making this the driest year since its records began in 1910. To the south, Los Angeles is experiencing the driest year since its records began in 1877, according to the National Weather Service. Farmers and ranchers in 23 California counties so far are being offering assistance by the state. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
California Farmers Struggle With Ongoing Drought Conditions
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