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Drought concerns owner of organic produce market

By Tracey Leong, tleong@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jan 11 2014 12:44:45 AM CST
Drought concerns owner of organic produce market
REDDING, Calif. -

The Northstate is seeing severe conditions; and with many not knowing when this drought will end there is a lot of concern especially for local produce suppliers.

“Praying for some rain honestly,” says Country Organics owner Bob Edmondson.

Edmondson is not alone, farmers and ranchers are saying the same prayers.

“The allotment of agricultural water is going to be cut back if we don’t get some significant moisture,” says Edmondson.

Edmondson is no stranger to the dry conditions. He has owned Country Organics for eight years and says it is an unfortunate situation that everyone prepares for.

“It’s going to be harder regardless of what happens in the spring,” says Edmondson.

It is not just the farmers and ranchers that are affected by the drought. Consumers could soon see prices soar, even double.

“So we have to absorb a certain amount of the loss as well and it just hurts everybody economically,” says Edmondson.

Not only is it a financial hit, many of the products at Country Organics from fruits to vegetables and even dairy products could be reduced significantly.

“If they couldn’t afford to water their crops it could get to that point, and the rest of us just don’t get the normal benefit that we get from living in the Northstate and having all the fresh agricultural products,” says Edmondson.

There is some hope in the forecast; Chief Meterologist Mike Kruger is expecting some rain this weekend. For the details on the weather: http://www.krcrtv.com/weather/weather-forecast-wet-and-breezy-to-start-the-weekend/-/14286132/23873882/-/2jtl6bz/-/index.html