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UPDATE: USDA official surveys drought damage

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EVANSVILLE (WKOW) -- USDA Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services Under-Secretary, Michael Scuse, visited an Evansville farm Wednesday as part of a national tour the USDA is making to provide disaster assistance to rural communities. 

They will offer support and guidance to farmers, and teach them how to use the department's disaster resources. During his tour, Scuse said the UDSA is pushing lawmakers to pass another farm bill to provide more disaster programs for farmers.

"We need a farm bill today," Scuse said. "We need it now. I've got a lot of livestock producers hurting, going to have a lot of grain farmers out there that are hurting. We need a farm bill today."

More than half of all U.S. counties have been designated disaster zones thanks to the widespread drought. Most of Southern Wisconsin is in a severe-to-extreme drought.

The Madison area is almost five inches below the state's average for rain fall this summer. Thursday USDA officials will tour farms in Jefferson and Waterloo.

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EVANSVILLE (WKOW) – An official from the USDA Farm and Agricultural Services will be in Evansville today, surveying drought damage.

The visit is part of a national tour the USDA is making to provide disaster assistance to rural communities.  They will offer support and guidance to farmers, and teach them how to use the department's disaster resources. The USDA remains optimistic and said they believe the Wisconsin farming community is resilient.

Most of southern Wisconsin is in a severe- to-extreme drought. The Madison area is almost five inches below the state's average for rain fall this summer.

An official from the Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Department will also be in Wisconsin, touring a farm in Clintonville.

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