USDA to pay $10 million to California farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $10 million to farmers affected by California's water shortages.

The funding was announced Thursday by Dave White, chief of the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, who met with farmers in Fresno.

"With the challenges to California farmers caused by three years of drought, we are making available much-needed assistance to some of the hardest-hit producers," White said. "This funding will help farmers deal with the current conditions, such as preventing dust and wind erosion in fallowed areas and keeping trees and vines alive."

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