05-02-2014 00:55 AM | USA

USDA spends $20 million to California farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending $20 million to help farmers and ranchers in California who are facing the state’s driest year on record.

The funding will be prioritized for cropland that is receiving 15 percent or less of normal water allocation, the USDA said in a statement today. The money is slated for improving irrigation efficiency and stabilizing fallowed farmland, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today on a conference call with reporters. The government will probably announce more drought aid later this week, he said.
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