U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell spoke with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today regarding the devastation Kentucky's farmers are experiencing because of the severe drought conditions.
During the conversation, Senator McConnell updated Secretary Vilsack on the latest conditions in Kentucky, including the fact that nearly all of Kentucky's counties are being impacted by the drought. McConnell also thanked Secretary Vilsack for declaring a disaster declaration in 33 counties in Kentucky.
Senator McConnell told him that "Kentucky farmers and livestock operators are very concerned they don't have the tools readily available to enable them to manage the risk caused by the drought." The Senator also urged him to "look at all legal authorities and budgetary options to assist Kentucky farmers."