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story.lead_photo.caption Jorge Vargas, a foreman for Maggiora Brothers Drilling Inc., poses for a photograph while drilling an 800-foot-deep water well at an almond farm in Chowchilla, Calif., on Friday, April 4, 2014. In Californias drought, well drillers are experiencing a boom in business because farmers are relying more on ground water to irrigate their crops. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)

CHOWCHILLA, Calif. — The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well-drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands.

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Front Section, Pages 2 on 04/14/2014

Print Headline: Drought fuels boom for drilling on farms

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