U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an election campaign fundraiser in Stamford, Connecticut, August 6, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Obama says Midwest drought historic, seeks aid for region
Posted : Tuesday, 07 August 2012 05:00PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the drought in the U.S. Midwest is taking a heavy toll on the crop growing region, and called on Congress to pass a farm bill that would provide more aid to ranchers and farmers.
"We are seeing devastating droughts throughout the country. It is a historic drought and it is having a profound impact on farmers and ranchers all across many states," Obama said, following a meeting with members of the White House Rural Council.
Nearly two-thirds of the continental United States is under moderate to exceptional drought, the worst drought since 1956.
(Reporting By Margaret Chadbourn; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
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