The drought is so severe that when Mark McBroom goes to the California Farm Bureau Federation meetings, he sometimes can’t help but feel like the luckiest man in the room.

“Because of the amount of water that we have to farm with … we (Imperial County) are definitely better off than most in California,” said McBroom, a Calipatria farmer who represents Imperial and San Diego counties on the state Farm Bureau Federation Board. “But that doesn’t mean we are more comfortable, nor does that mean that we are complacent.

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