Governor Talks Drought in Durant

08-29-06 – Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry continued his campaign for re-election Tuesday morning, during a stop in Durant.

The Governor met with folks at the Plaza Cafe about 9AM. He talked about his concern for local farmers and ranchers because of the ongoing drought across the state.

The Governor recerntly asked President Bush to reauthorize federal agricultural and livestock assistance programs. He says drought and heat are taking a heavy toll on much of the nation, especially in Oklahoma.

It looks as if he may have had his wish granted. The Associated Press has learned the Bush administration will provide nearly $800 million to farmers and ranchers devastated by drought.
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns plans to announce the aid Tuesday afternoon in South Dakota.

Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry sent a letter to nine other governors last week asking them to join in his request that President Bush push to reauthorize crop disaster and livestock assistance programs. Henry also sent a letter last week to the US Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency asking that the programs be reactivated.