Fifty of California’s 58 counties were declared natural disaster areas this week, due to crop losses from the ongoing drought.

According to the Washington Post, this declaration by the USDA clears the way for emergency loans to farmers who have suffered financial losses because of the drought.

In a press statement, A. G. Kawamura, Secretary for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, said, “The losses from this drought reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars and affect the entire state, from Shasta County in the north to San Diego County in the south; from the coast, to the desert, to the eastern Sierra. This is a genuine crisis for California’s food supply, and for all Californians.”

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Source: Washington Post and California Department of Food and Agriculture