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Supply Chain Delays Disrupt California Agriculture Exports

FILE — A man wades through the water at Seal Beach Calif., Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, as container ships waiting to dock at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are seen in the distance. California state lawmakers held a joint legislative hearing at the Capitol in Sacramento, Wednesday, Nov. 3, to discuss the supply chain disruptions. While congestion at the state's ports have slowed deliveries of imports, it's also made it harder for the state's farmers to export crops to markets in Asia. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
FILE — A man wades through the water at Seal Beach Calif., Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, as container ships waiting to dock at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are seen in the distance. California state lawmakers held a joint legislative hearing at the Capitol in Sacramento, Wednesday, Nov. 3, to discuss the supply chain disruptions. While congestion at the state's ports have slowed deliveries of imports, it's also made it harder for the state's farmers to export crops to markets in Asia. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- Amid an historic drought posing threats to future harvests, California farmers now say they have no way to export the crops they do have because of a kink in the global supply chain that has left container ships lined up off the Southern California coast with nowhere to deliver their goods.

Problems with the supply chain have retailers worried their shelves — and their customers' online shopping carts — will be empty during the crucial holiday shopping season, prompting emergency actions from state and federal leaders to clear up the logjam.