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Northwest Ohio farmers discuss drought with USDA and FEMA

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HENRY COUNTY, Ohio -

It's been a challenging year for Northwest Ohio farmers.

Today, some are meeting with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, FEMA and other agencies, to talk about resources that may be available on the heels of a challenging drought. They're also looking ahead, at how they can be prepared for the next one.

"There is no new money, there is no extra money, there is no silver bullet," Colleen Callahan, the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator told us during a break between sessions at Northwest State Community College in Henry County.  She added, "the purpose of this meeting is to identify what programs are already in place that can be utilized right now, not only at the USDA, but also at other agencies as well."

Roy Klopfenstein, a Paulding County farmer emphasized the critical nature of farming and food supply.  "Agriculture is different from any other industry, and I don't mean this as a political statement, but we could have survived without G.M. G.M., as a buisness model, could have failed and another company would have filled that void. People can't survive without food."

We'll have more on this story coming up on 13abc at 5:30 PM.

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