The USDA is stepping in to help farmers deal with our historic drought.
The feds have announced twenty million dollars in aid to help with water conservation efforts. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the money will come in the form of grants for growers and ranchers. He says they may want to improve their irrigation system so that they use less water but use it more effectively and they may want to stabalize that ground that can't be farmed.
Planting cover crops that don't need much water will help maintain soil fertility and prevent dustbowl conditions. This is expected to be the first of a series of announcements from the feds; more money will come the longer the drought lingers.