A few weeks ago in the wake of a growing drought in the west and a few other locations, Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, told lawmakers:
“We’re going to take a look at re-constituting the Drought Task Force and Resiliency Task Force that we had during the Obama Administration.”
And indeed with conjunction with last week’s climate summit the White House announced the forming of an inter-agency working group, as it will be called, to address worsening drought in the west. It will be co-chaired by the USDA and Interior Department, and Tom Vilsack said the group will have people from a wide range of knowledge and expertise.
“To make sure that were taking a look at the full range and suite of assistance that we can provide to producers. And to make sure that we do this in an interagency process to make sure that it’s not just the USDA, but we make sure that other departments that potentially have equities here are brought in to the process.”
And he said the working group will not only address short-term drought assistance, but long-term drought resiliency.
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