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California Drought News: Janet Napolitano and other things that fly



Rice farmer Douglas Thomas watches snow geese take flight over his rice fields in California's Central Valley.
Rice farmer Douglas Thomas watches snow geese take flight over his rice fields in California's Central Valley.
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Thanks to @zandubinscott, we have a new word for drought to try out: sereation.

Use it in a sentence you demand? But of course! I need a vacation from this sereation of unknown duration, lest I lose motivation for my vocation.

Keep the suggestions coming. In the meantime, ACADEMIA:

It was Napolitano's first visit to the 330-acre center -- one of nine UC agriculture research hubs that dot California -- where she took a tour of the canola, walnut and blueberry crops planted there. Her visit comes as California faces a third year of drought and one of the driest years on record. Napolitano said the UC system will do its part to help farmers find relief. For example, she said, UC Merced could soon play a more prominent role in agricultural research. (Fresno Bee)
Many growers in California will receive no surface water allocation this year because of the drought. Neither will the University of California’s Westside Research and Extension Center (WSREC) near Five Points, which gets its surface water from Westlands Water District. (Western Farm Press)

MIGRATION:

FLOWERS: