Drought relief money available in the Valley

Valley growers are connecting with state and federal workers to find out how to get drought relief money.
February 20, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
Valley growers are connecting with state and federal workers to find out how to get drought relief money. At a special meeting they learned new ways to get aid designated for this dry year.

Staff members from the United States Department of Agriculture were on hand to share resources to help cattle ranchers. Some ranchers are now selling their animals because the cost of feed is too high.

Farm workers who will be out of work over the next several months are expected to get hit the hardest. Experts say another dry year, 2009 cost those workers thousands of jobs, "We know that in 2009 a minimum of 21,000 workers in the Valley lost their jobs. That we know. We know this year is going to be worse than 2009," said Ernie Flores with Central Valley Opportunity Center.

Farmers or ranchers who believe they quality for relief programs are asked to get in touch with the USDA.


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