A nationwide drought, the worst to hit the U.S. in decades, has lowered water levels along the Mississippi River, threatening barge traffic.
Nearly 220 counties in a dozen drought-stricken states were added Wednesday to the U.S. government’s list of natural disaster areas as the nation’s agriculture chief unveiled new help for frustrated, cash-strapped farmers and ranchers grappling with extreme dryness and heat.
Together taking in $109 million, or more than one-third of the $308 million in aid from Department of Agriculture.
He’s hopeful Congress will ratify the South Korea trade agreement by July 1.
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