California’s Central Valley will bear the brunt of the $2.2B economic loss as a result of the drought. This year alone, 409,000 acres of farmland have gone fallow. If the drought continues, we can expect an additional 240,000 acres of fallowed farmland each of the next two years. The lost revenue to the region is staggering and will not affect only farmers but the entire state as one industry cannot experience such an economic hit without it rippling through the rest of the state and even neighboring states.
In recent weeks and months, farmers have been chastised for their use of groundwater. In their defense, please see the below graphic: