The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 19, 2013

OACD supports drought help

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A call for action by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to address the ongoing drought in southwest Oklahoma and a portion of the Oklahoma Panhandle was greeted with praise by Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD).

Kim Farber, president of OACD, said the call by Fallin to access the Emergency Drought Fund created last spring by the Legislature was a welcome development for farmers and ranchers in those portions of the state still suffering from the record drought.

“Starting in July most of Oklahoma was blessed with rainfall in sufficient levels to reduce the grip that the drought had on our state,” Farber said. “Regrettably, not all of Oklahoma has been fortunate enough to receive the rain necessary to break the drought. Southwestern Oklahoma and parts of the Oklahoma Panhandle in particular have yet to see this kind of rainfall and are in desperate need of assistance. ”

The Drought Emergency Fund provides funding for drought relief in the form of cost-share dollars for farmers, ranchers and other landowners and grants and loans to communities, rural water districts and fire departments.