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Fresno’s Hmong farmers suffer as wells on rented land go dry

Melanie Wong | Aug 13, 201602:09 PM

"... an emergency meeting with the nonprofit National Hmong-American Farmers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture because some Hmong farmers had called suicide hotlines after their wells went dry.

It was a very bleak meeting because everyone went around the table and said, ‘Well, I have this program but they don’t qualify for it for this reason,’ ”

Fresno’s Hmong farmers suffer in drought as wells on rented land go dry

Most Hmong farmers here lease small plots of land just outside Fresno or Clovis, many less than 10 acres. Now five years into the state’s historic drought...
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