BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The federal government has thrown a financial life line to California farmers.
There are two pieces of federal funding on the way for California farmers.
First, Congress has approved the new farm bill that will provide hundreds of millions of dollars in farming aid nationwide.
The bill will provide money for citrus research, farmer’s markets promotion and a pest and disease program.
At the same time the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the state $20 million to help farmers deal with the drought.
The money will help California farmers develop sustainable irrigation systems and plant ground covers to retain soil health.
It is unclear when farmers will actually see the federal aid money at work.
But, California farmers need any help they can get especially after state officials announced that they will not be sending water to agriculture customers.