Posted: Jul 24, 2012 4:59 PM by Matt Stafford
Updated: Jul 24, 2012 8:17 PM
Nearly 1,300 counties across the country are considered disaster areas because of drought, including all of Colorado.
The Department of Agriculture's federal administrator for the Farm Service Agency, Juan Garcia, is in Colorado. The Farm Service Agency, among other roles, helps distribute disaster assistance to farmers and ranchers. Garcia got a chance to visit some local producers and see what they're dealing with.
The Department of Agriculture says the United States is in its worse drought since 1988, and a lot of farmers and ranchers across the country are trying to hang on.
Just this week the Department of Agriculture announced plans to help producers, like opening up reserved lands for cattle grazing. In the meantime they're hopeful the Farm Bill will pass in Congress; it was approved by the Senate but still waits on a vote from the House. The bills is controversial because of how much money it allocates to spend.
Garcia says money from the bill funds programs that could help farmers and ranchers affected by the weather, and they're hopeful it will pass soon.
In the meantime the Farm Service Agency has resources online for disaster assistance as well as finding hay. For more on the Farm Service Agency's disaster relief programs, click here. For more information on finding hay, click here.