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Rate Hike Brings Farmers Down

By Daryl Kelley
Confronted by angry farmers who predicted a loss of the bucolic nature of the Ojai Valley, directors of the Casitas Municipal Water District imposed Tuesday a nearly 19 percent hike in the cost to irrigate crops on top of a 53 percent increase last year.
Farmers said the move could be the beginning of the end of Ojai Valley agriculture, a potentially fatal blow to the orchards that have encircled the valley’s towns for a century.

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