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when california governor jerry brown took the unprecedented measure of ordering mandatory water cutbacks across the state farmers were exempt but that change friday when water regulators approved a plan by some of the state's farmers to voluntarily cut water usage back by twenty five percent in exchange for assurances that they would not face further cuts during growing season , dan would come is covering the story for writers the farmers that are making this up this deal are first of all they're only about five percent of the farmers in the state it's not gonna have a huge impact on , things like food production or food price , but i think anytime you have a water savings it you know in in a drought conditions obviously it's good it's obviously good for public relations because their salaries communities and towns have been complaining that the farmers are getting off easy so this is you know seen as a gesture , the state's agricultural business which accounts for eighty percent of water used by humans in california produces half of all the fruits and vegetables in the united states