Yep! It's An Election Year!
White House to hand out $800M to combat drought
The Bush administration will give nearly $800 million to farmers and ranchers devastated by drought, The Associated Press has learned. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns planned to announce the aid Tuesday afternoon in South Dakota.
The drought aid includes:
- $50 million in block grants for hard-hit states.
- $18 million from emergency conservation funds.$11 million from a grassland conservation program.
- The department would accelerate $700 million in planned payments to cotton, grain, sorghum and peanut farmers.