President Visiting Central Valley
Fresno, CA -- President Barack Obama will be meeting with farmers and lawmakers in the Central Valley today.
In response to the state's drought emergency, the President will be at a roundtable discussion in Fresno. His stop will also include a visit to a Central Valley farm. Notable lawmakers that will join the President include Governor Jerry Brown, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Congressman Jim Costa and U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack.
The Associated Press reports that President Obama will announce additional funding for areas of the state hit hardest by the drought. It includes the following:
-$100 million in livestock-disaster assistance for California ranchers.
-$60 million for food banks to help families hurt financially by the drought.
-$5 million for conservation assistance in the hardest-hit drought areas.
-$5 million for watershed protection.
-$3 million in emergency grants for rural communities with water shortages.
Written by BJ Hansen