Water & Drought

Faces of drought

Todd Allen of Fresno stands on the Firebaugh farm that he inherited from his father. “I’m starting to realize that this is a game I need to get out of before it’s too late,” he said.
Todd Allen of Fresno stands on the Firebaugh farm that he inherited from his father. “I’m starting to realize that this is a game I need to get out of before it’s too late,” he said. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Joe Del Bosque

Farmer, 65, Los Banos/Firebaugh

Despite purchasing emergency water supplies, he is fallowing hundreds of acres of crops and slashing seasonal workforce.

Jose Morado

Displaced worker, 45, Hanford

Laid off as a contract foreman earning $18.30 an hour. After 27 years in farm labor, seeks a new career in solar energy.

Todd Allen

Farmer, 52, Firebaugh

Sold off farmland passed down from his father and doesn’t expect to grow anything on remaining acreage as he weighs drilling a well or quitting.

Juan Guadian

Almond grower, 75, Mendota

Invested in a new well and is thinking of buying more acreage to plant drought-tolerant pistachio trees.

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