USDA Hosts First Regional Drought Meeting
USDA will be hosting four regional workshops on drought recovery efforts and assistance available through various resources this month. The first session was held in Omaha yesterday (Tuesday) - and Vilsack says USDA is doing all it can - but key programs traditionally made available in times of disaster are in limbo because Congress allowed them to expire. USDA is partnering with local, state and federal partners to hold the workshops - especially the Department of Commerce, the Small Business Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine says these meetings offer an opportunity to provide detailed information on existing federal resources to support local initiatives and identify strategies for long-term solutions. The next meeting - on October 15th - will be held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado. The last two meetings will be October 17th - in Pine Bluff, Arkansas - and the week of October 22nd - in Ohio.
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