President Obama came to the Central Valley Friday afternoon to talk about California's historic drought, opening the federal government's checkbook, and making tens of millions of dollars in aid available to struggling farmers and valley communities.
After landing at Fresno Yosemite International Airport at 2:40 p.m., Mr. Obama toured a field belonging to Fresno County Westside farmer Joe Del Bosque.
The President also held a closed-door roundtable meeting with farmers, water officials, and others to talk about the drought.
Mr. Obama says, "Because of the huge economic impact of what you farmers do in California, and for the entire nation overall, there is a national concern regarding the drought facing California."
The President unveiled a $183 million dollar aid package.
The President says, "First we are accelerating a 100 million dollar that I signed last week to ranchers, for example if their fields are dried up this will help them feed their livestock."
In addition, ranchers and farmers will both have access to 5 million dollars in funds to implement water conservation programs.
Another 5 million will be available for watershed protection projects.
Moreover, small community water districts set to run out of water in the next 60 to 120 days will be able to apply for a total of 3 million dollars in grants.
In addition, 60 million in funds will be available to food banks in California's driest towns, and for students who qualify for free and reduced price lunches in drought-stricken areas.