Plantings of Water-Intensive Rice Crops Dwindle During State's Severe Drought

In This Photo: Clarence Williams
Clarence Williams, owner of Williams Ag Service, looks on as one of his bi-planes takes off to seed rice fields May 8, 2015 in Biggs, California. As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, a lack of water has rice farmers are cutting back on their annual plantings which has left many crop dusting and seed planting operations with half of the work as normal. According to the California Rice Commission, 434,000 acres of rice were planted in 2014 compared to 567,000 in the previous year.
(May 7, 2015 - Source: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America)
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