Julie Morris speaks with KPCC’s Take Two host A. Martinez about how the drought is affecting California’s farmers and ranchers.
A cow walks on a dried-up pond in a drought-ravaged pasture on August 22, 2012 near Eads, Colorado. The severe drought has dried up most of eastern Colorado’s natural grassland, forcing many ranchers to sell off much of their livestock early to feedlots, which fatten up the cattle for slaughter.
Water shortages and a lack of rain in the state have affected so many industries in California, including farmers and ranchers who struggle to get enough water to crops and cattle and now find other necessary resources more scarce.
Julie Morris is the co-founder of Morris Grassfed Beef and joined us to share how her family’s ranch has dealt with the drought so far.