California's drought adds to food inflation with tomatoes, onions, garlic hit
California rancher on drought’s impact on herd, meat prices
Diamond W Cattle Company owner Mike Williams says he has about a third of the cattle he normally has on the ranch due to the drought and notes that ‘the total number of cattle in the United States is reduced quite significantly.’
California's ongoing drought is expected to impact the prices of key crops, driving food inflation even higher for consumers.
The U.S. Drought Monitor – a collaboration between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration – reported about 94% of California fell under the severe, extreme or exceptional drought categories as of last week. In early July, nearly 97.5% of the Golden State had such drought conditions.
DROUGHT FORCES FARMERS TO SCALE BACK AND OTHERS TO FOLD AS ECONOMISTS WARN OF PRICE HIKES
According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, California grows over one-third of the nation's vegetables and three-quarters of its fruits and nuts. The state's total production of tomatoes, garlic and onions in 2021 was 224.01 million hundredweight (cwt), 4.192 million cwt and 19.026 million cwt respectively, per statistics from the USDA.