As we battle yet another scorching drought, an Alabama congressman's proposal for helping farmers build their own small reservoirs is catching on, on Capitol Hill.
Republican Representative Terry Everett says his legislation would prevent losses by giving farmers irrigation grants upfront.
That could help avoid handing out emergency aid after their crops have withered in the heat.
The proposal was included in the massive farm bill that passed the House last month.
Everett's Homestate Colleague, Senator Jeff Sessions, has introduced a similar measure in the Senate.
Under the program, farmers could apply for grants to pay for up to half the cost of an irrigation project.