California Almond Farmers Face Tough Choices

Standard Examiner  By Scott Smith, Associated Press    2/24/14 

FIREBAUGH, Calif. -- With California's agricultural heartland entrenched in drought, almond farmers are letting orchards dry up and in some cases making the tough call to have their trees torn out of the ground, leaving behind empty fields.

In California's Central Valley, Barry Baker is one of many who hired a crew that brought in large rumbling equipment to perform the grim task in a cloud of dust.

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