Help For Farmers Hit Hard By Drought, Freeze

Governor Steve Beshear announced help for farmers today, still reeling from last year's drought.

The $81.5 million aid package will assist farmers who were dealt blows by a late freeze, and then extremely dry weather.

The Kentucky Agricultural Relief Effort will use the funds to help farmers make improvements to water systems, to lessen the impact of future droughts.

The Governor himself said his farm was impacted by the drought.
"Jane and I can attest to the effects of this drought, because we ran out of hay on our small farm. We had to search and search for reserve supplies. As you can imagine, we paid the price."

The guidelines for the program will be posted on the governor's agricultural policy web site Monday.

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