The growing concern that California is becoming a drought-stricken state is one that is not just being shared by farmers.
Many of the state’s farmers and ranchers have been complaining that the state is not producing enough fertilizer to meet its growing demand.
According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the state has been producing about 2.2 billion metric tons of fertiliser per year.
“That is about 1,000 times more than what is being required by the federal government,” said Chris St. Aubin, a farmer in Santa Rosa, California, who is leading a statewide effort to raise the demand for fertiliser.
“If you’re a farmer, if you’re trying to grow the most, it makes sense to be making that investment in fertiliser, because if you don’t have it, you can’t make the next crop.”
St Aubin and other farmers are trying to raise awareness about the problem by posting flyers on their property.
They have also set up a Facebook page where they have posted pictures of their fields and planted trees and are planning to do other things to make their crops grow.
“If you can see the light, you’ll know that it’s time to plant,” St Aubin said.
“You don’t know when you’re going to have enough fertilizer in the future, and the more fertiliser we get the less chance of that happening.
So you have to be willing to pay for it, and if you can do that, then it’s good for everyone.”
Some farmers are even starting to buy more fertilisers, though they are reluctant to pay more because they don’t want to go out of business.
“We need more fertilizer.
We need it now,” said David Lantz, a rancher in the county of Lassen.
“We’re going into drought right now, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it.
I’m going to make a few bucks a week.
I know we need it.”
But not everyone is happy with the situation.
“It’s just like a war, just like it’s going to get worse, and it’s just going to be worse,” said Robert Anderson, a farm worker in Ventura, California.
“So it’s not the farmers who are getting hurt the most.
It’s the people who are suffering the most.”
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