As Drought Conditions Continue, USDA Announces More Funding

USDA yesterday (Wednesday) also announced an additional 11.8-million dollars in funding through the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program and Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help producers in 22 states deal with the drought. Eight states currently are under extreme drought - according to the U.S. Drought Monitor - and 14 states remain under exceptional drought. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says this additional assistance builds on a number of steps federal agencies have taken over the past several months to provide resources and flexibility in existing programs to help producers endure these hardships. He says USDA will continue to help the U.S. ag sector recover. With this additional funding - USDA has provided nearly 28-million dollars to help in this effort.

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