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Obama Pledges Aid to Drought-Stricken Farmers

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U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged a wide-ranging response for farmers and ranchers to the one of the worst droughts in more than 50 years.

Obama said in his weekly address Saturday the current corn crop is in "poor or very poor" condition and cattle farmers are "struggling to feed their animals."

The president said his administration is giving farmers and ranchers access to low-interest emergency loans, opening more federal land for grazing, and is distributing $30 million to get water to livestock.

President Obama asked Congress to pass a bill to ensure a long-term solution to disastrous farm conditions.

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In the weekly Republican address, Senator Roger Wicker of the southern state of Mississippi said the president should work with Congress to avoid $110 billion in automatic spending cuts required by a deficit-cutting plan.

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Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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by: Di from: California
August 12, 2012 6:14 PM
Obama has tried to stop enormous subsidies to big agribusiness over the years, he's simply suggesting Congress intervene to find a way to feed the animals now during the drought. Those huge subsidies for big Ag that you speak of happened under the Bush administration, -- daddy and the other pea brain.

by: almoros from: Cameroon
August 12, 2012 7:05 AM
US' great and brilliant engineers and professionals have to plan for sustainable irregation systems across the nation. USA has great rivers that could be redirected and reconnected to west, mid-west, South west estares! Enough forests' fires, enough dust, enough droughts! USA can DO IT for sustainable tens of millions of greeb jobs!

by: tbca from: USA
August 11, 2012 10:21 AM
If Mr.Obama is serious, he will end the worthless ethanol fuel program which wastes a great amount of corn yearly.

by: Eugene Hamptons from: Ca
August 11, 2012 10:12 AM
The most heavily subsidized industries in the world get more Government money on top of the subsidy money. It is far more profitable to not grow than grow anything under Obama! This President hates growth of anything!

by: Bob from: U.S.
August 11, 2012 9:57 AM
Obama the great one, turning into a rainmaker.......

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