Riley, Ag. Commissioner: More than Million Dollars in Drought Aid for Ala.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The federal government is offering more
than $1 million in aid to Alabama farmers and ranchers hurt by drought conditions, Governor Bob Riley and state Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks announced Wednesday.

The announcement came as U-S Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns
said 780 (M) million dollars in drought aid is available for farmers and ranchers across the nation.

An exact figure for the aid available to the state was not immediately available.

The money for Alabama comes after Riley and Sparks traveled to Washington in June to ask federal officials for drought aid. It is intended to help farmers manage production problems created by the drought.