USDA Drought Assistance Aids Farmers, Spurs Improvements

USDA says nearly two-thousand producers have taken advantage of conservation funding targeted to drought-stricken areas by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. NRCS made more than 27-million dollars available to farmers and ranchers to make conservation improvements - spurring recovery and ensuring lands are more drought resistant in the future. These efforts to help producers rebound from drought have touched more than a million acres of farmland across the country. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the response reflects the severity of the year's drought conditions. He says the level of producer participation is also a testament to the hard work of USDA and other federal agencies to help farmers and ranchers weather one of the worst droughts in decades.

NRCS helped crop and livestock producers in 22 states with financial and technical assistance to apply conservation practices that build healthier soil and lead to better harvests and cleaner air and water. Vilsack says the conservation investments made by these producers will continue to improve the resilience of their lands in the face of drought and other natural events that are out of their control.

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