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"It’s Not Always Sunny in California: Strategies to Increase Our Reliance on Solar Generation" by Kevin Novan and Benjamin Dawson

Dec. 20, 2021

Meeting California’s goal of a 100% carbon-free electric grid will require an increased reliance on solar energy. To absorb the growth in solar, storage capacity must expand to shift output …

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""Containergeddon" and California Agriculture" by Colin Carter, Sandro Steinbach and Xiting Zhuang

Dec. 20, 2021

We analyze the effects of the 2021 supply chain gridlock and resulting shipping container shortage on California agriculture. Due to exporters’ difficulty obtaining empty shipping containers, the value of California’s …

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“Identifying Policies to Mitigate the Costs of Drought” by Ellen M. Bruno

Oct. 28, 2021

Adapting to future droughts will require policy changes that increase the flexibility in use of both surface water and groundwater, particularly from year to year.

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“Drought Impacts on California Farm Revenue and Prices” by Daniel A Sumner, Elizabeth A. Fraysse, Scott Somerville, and Josué Medellín-Azuara

Oct. 28, 2021

Droughts in California reduce the availability of irrigation water, raise costs, and have dire consequences for some farms.

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“California Farms Adjust to Drought” by Daniel A Sumner, Carlyn Marsh, Quaid Moore, Scott Somerville, and Josué Medellín-Azuara

Oct. 28, 2021

During droughts, California farms shift scarce irrigation water to crops with higher payoffs such as vegetables or to orchards and vineyards to maintain asset values. With less forage available from …

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“Climatological Context for California’s Ongoing Drought” by John Abatzoglou

Oct. 28, 2021

Back-to-back hot-dry years have left California parched. By late summer of 2021, half of California found itself in an exceptional drought.

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“The Outlook for California’s Almond Market" by Ellen M. Bruno, Brittney Goodrich, and Richard J. Sexton

Aug. 16, 2021

The California almond industry has seen remarkable growth over the past couple decades. Can additional growth and high prices be sustained?

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"Science-Based Agriculture for Expanding Food Production and Sustainability” by David Zilberman

Aug. 16, 2021

Agriculture in this century will be challenged to feed at least 3 billion more people while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting biodiversity, and improving rural well-being.

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“Voter-Approved Proposition to Raise California Pork Prices” by Hanbin Lee, Richard J. Sexton, and Daniel A. Sumner

Aug. 16, 2021

California voters passed Proposition 12 in November 2018 to require more housing space for certain farm animals. We estimate that Prop 12 will cost California pork consumers about $320 million …

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“COVID-19 Morbidity and Mortality in U.S. Meatpacking Counties” by Tina L. Saitone, K. Aleks Schaefer, and Daniel P. Scheitrum

June 23, 2021

The meatpacking industry has been at the center of employee-related COVID infection concerns. However, there is limited information on the scope of the issue.

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