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Udall Welcomes USDA Drought Designations, Assistance for Colorado Farmers, Ranchers in Western Slope, Central Mountain Counties

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Mark Udall welcomed the U.S. Department of Agriculture's announcement today that it has made farmers and ranchers eligible for drought assistance in Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Lake, Pitkin, Routt and Summit counties.

"Despite recent rainfall, parts of Colorado are experiencing severe drought conditions that threaten our water supplies and our way of life. Drought threatens our farm jobs, agricultural economy and outdoor recreation throughout the state," Udall said. "These latest drought designations for counties in our central mountains and on the Western Slope vividly illustrate why Congress must act and send the president a bipartisan, deficit-reducing 2013 Farm Bill."

The 2013 Farm Bill includes a bipartisan provision Udall championed to give ranchers the same permanent safety net farmers receive to confront losses due to drought.

To learn more about how to apply for drought assistance, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture's website or contact your local Farm Service Agency office.


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