Vilsack To Talk Drought At State Fair

U.S. Agriculture Secretary talks to reporter at the Wisconsin State Fair.(Photo: Flickr)
U.S. Agriculture Secretary talks to reporter at the Wisconsin State Fair.(Photo: Flickr)

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is visiting Ohio to discuss the country’s worst drought in decades and his department’s efforts to help producers.

Vilsack planned Friday to visit the Ohio State Fair in Columbus and was expected to talk about the drought at the Ohio Agricultural Council breakfast.

This week, 218 counties in a dozen drought-stricken states were added to the federal government’s list of natural disaster areas as Vilsack unveiled new help for frustrated, cash-strapped farmers and ranchers grappling with extreme dryness and heat. That means more than half of all U.S. counties have been designated primary disaster areas this growing season, mostly due to drought.

State officials said last week that most of Ohio was in a moderate drought. It was more severe in northwest and west-central Ohio.

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