Obama: 'Let's Help Farmers, Ranchers, and Business Owners Recover'

The president addresses the need for Congress to pass the farm bill to aide the heartlands' recovery
3:00 | 08/11/12

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Transcript for Obama: 'Let's Help Farmers, Ranchers, and Business Owners Recover'
-- -- -- -- Today I want to talk about something that most of your -- It's hot outside. It's really. If this feels worse than normal that's because -- -- We just found out the July was the warmest months -- work. Warmer than any other month since we began keeping track more than a century. -- all this he were also experiencing one of the worst droughts in over fifty years. Almost a quarter of the continental United States is facing what we call extreme or exceptional drought. With states like Nebraska Kansas Missouri Oklahoma and Arkansas. Getting hit harder than most. That's bad news for a lot of people but it's especially tough on our farmers and ranchers. Right now almost half of the corn crop in America is in poor or very poor condition. Cattlemen are struggling to feed their animals. Many -- -- their livelihoods dry -- from under us. If we don't get -- -- Americans everywhere will start to feel the pinch. Because the food -- farmers ranchers produce ends up on grocery store shelves. We can't let that happen. That's why at my direction the Department of Agriculture led by secretary Tom Vilsack. Has been working with other agencies across the federal government to make sure we're doing everything we -- To help farmers and ranchers fight back and recover from this disaster. Already we've given farmers and small businesses across 32 states access to low interest emergency loans. We've opened up more federal land for -- We're working with crop insurance companies to give farmers a short grace period on their premiums since some fairways will be struggling to make ends meet at the end of the year. This past week we when he -- for announcing an additional thirty million dollars to help get more water livestock. And restore land affected by the drought. We'll make it easier for even more farmers and ranchers and business owners to get emergency loans. And the Department of Transportation. Is helping more truck drivers deliver supplies to states that need them the most. This is an all hands on deck response will be doing even more in the coming weeks to help families and communities that are -- -- my administration can't do little. Congress needs to do its part to. They need to pass a farm bill that not only helps farmers and ranchers respond to these kinds of disasters. But also makes necessary reforms and gives them some certainty year round. That's the single best way we can help rural communities right now and also in the long. So call -- members of congress. Write them an email and tell them that now is the time to come together and get this -- Too many Americans are suffering right now let politics get in the way -- -- farmers ranchers and business -- for -- Let's make sure that families who already stretched their budgets to the limit don't have to pay more for groceries this -- In the meantime all keep doing everything I can to help communities respond to this disaster. Because at times like these it doesn't matter if you live in the morning work toward. We're Americans first if we look out for each other will come out of this stronger than before. Have a great weekend everybody and stay --

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