Government To Aid Farmers And Ranchers

Source: Adam Aigner-Treworgy / CNN

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – President Obama mixed business and campaigning on Monday, holding a rally and an official event on the first leg of a three-day bus tour across the Hawkeye State.

After delivering his campaign stump speech here at Bayliss Park, the president and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stopped by a drought-ravaged farm in the Missouri Valley to officially announce a new initiative to aid farmers and ranchers.

Calling the current conditions the worst “in decades,” the president outlined actions his administration has taken to address the crisis, including the approval of emergency loans, opening federal lands for grazing and providing money to help get water to livestock.

The administration’s actions also include a new initiative, announced Monday morning in a statement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to purchase up to $170 million of “pork, lamb, chicken, and catfish for federal food nutrition assistance programs, including food banks.”

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