Executive Order Aims To Help Drought-Stricken Farmers

By
Bethany Venable

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Updated Wed, Jul 25, 2012 2:53 pm

Ohio's governor signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at helping drought-stricken farmers survive the severe heat and rain fall shortages.

Governor John Kasich's order instructs the Ohio Department of Agriculture to educate farmers on the adverse impacts of drought conditions and how to cope with them.
     
It also gives the department the directive to create a website to let farmers know where they can buy hay to for their livestock.
 
And the agriculture department is asked to give farmers access to federal assistance, such as low-interest loans for crop losses.
 
Kasich also wants the Ohio Department of Transportation to give permits to farmers to cut hay for livestock from highway rights of way if their land is adjacent.
 
Weather experts have said much of the state is considered to be under moderate drought conditions.
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