FRESNO, CA (KMPH/KEYT/CNN) - California farmers are facing a drought disaster and it could have a ripple effect nationwide.
The drought that is plaguing California, and as a result, hurting the nation's food supply, could get a whole lot worse.
Friday, the federal government said it will not provide any irrigation water to Central Valley farmers, and only 50 percent of contracted water to surrounding urban areas.
"Our rain is way way behind, so we expected zero and this just confirms it," Joe Del Bosque said.
Bosque is the farmer who just a week ago gave President Barack Obama a tour of his Central Valley operation.
He grows almonds, spinach, cherries and cantaloupe.
But without the federal help, California growers like Joe may have to leave a lot of land unproductive.
"There's gonna be a lot of crop reduction and a lot of food lost, a lot of jobs lost," Bosque said.
With more than 90 percent of the state in severe drought conditions, there could be a big impact at your grocery store checkout line.
There are 80,000 farms in California. More crops are grown there than any place in the country.
It produces nearly half of U.S. grown fruits, nuts and vegetables.
Experts say this drought could raise your produce prices 10 percent over the next few months.
But Mother Nature could come to the rescue.
Rain is in the forecast for California next week, and farmers say every drop will make a difference.
"Will they capture that water and bring it to storage? Because if they don't and keep the pumps shut off, that water's going to go off to the ocean," Bosque said.
The exact financial impact of the drought in California has yet to be calculated.
But, experts say it could be in the billions.
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