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Terra Bella's citrus crops face dual challenges




The Terra Bella Irrigation District has put a physical seal on the spigots that deliver water to farmers. There is a $10,000 penalty for breaking the seal.
The Terra Bella Irrigation District has put a physical seal on the spigots that deliver water to farmers. There is a $10,000 penalty for breaking the seal.
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Farmers coping with the drought may decide not to plant crops like tomatoes or onions this year. But for farmers with tree crops, not watering could cripple their businesses for years to come. 

One group of citrus farmers in Tulare County is facing a very dire summer. They could lose their only source of water. The California Report's Central Valley Bureau Chief Sasha Khokha reports from the town of Terra Bella.