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Will Central Valley farmers suffer from lack of federal water?

President Obama Inspects Drought-Stricken California

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A sercret service agent looks over a farm field as President Barack Obama speaks to the media on California's drought situation on February 14, 2014 in Los Banos, California. Obama met with farmers and ranchers while pledging millions of dollars in federal funds for drought relief projects in California

Most years, Central Valley farmers receive some of their irrigation water from federal authorities.

But as we all know by now, this is not most years. California is suffering from one of the driest seasons on record. Last Friday, federal officials announced that farmers wouldn't receive a drop from its system of rivers, canals and reservoirs throughout the state.

Here to talk about the effect of this decision is Gerard Loaiza, who grows almonds in Shafter, California.


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