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Federal Aid May Not Be Enough For OK Farmers

The federal aid coming to two Oklahoma Panhandle counties may not be the relief farmers and ranchers need.

Cimarron and Texas counties are designated for federal disaster relief because the two counties are facing the worst drought since before World War two.

"Dry, drier than recorded history. Two inches of since last July and figuring the average is 15 to 20," Kiley Whited said.

This weeks announcement by the USDA now allows farmers and ranchers in these areas to receive low interest loans, but what they really need is help from mother nature.

"Without rain there's not much of any help. If it doesn't rain soon there's going to be a lot of people who will have to liquidate their entire farms," said Stephen Vaughan, a Farm Loan Officer for USDA Farm Service Agency

The loans will take months and it could even be years before a disaster payment is available for these struggling farmers.

"It's unfortunate they're not a greater help. Sometimes you can borrow your way out of a particular program," said Vaughan

But you can't borrow your way out of a drought.

"If you lose your cash flow or income source in your cowherd. Basically your done for the year and you may be done for your generation. Your farm may be gone," Vaughan said.

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