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USDA provides $27 million in drought assistance

The Agriculture Department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service provided more than $27 million in assistance to farmers and ranchers in drought-stricken areas of 22 states this year through September 19, USDA said in a news release today.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted that the tremendous interest in drought assistance “reflects the severity of this year's drought conditions” and that the conservation measures such as conservation tillage, cover crops, nutrient management, prescribed grazing, livestock watering facilities and water conservation practices will make the land more resilient in future years.

Vilsack also noted that producers are still invited to visit the NRCS website or their local NRCS offices to find out if they are eligible for disaster assistance.