U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), joined by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), today contacted U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns for a second time this week to highlight the severity of Alabama’s drought conditions and request an emergency declaration for the entire state. This request comes after release of the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor, which today designated 99.5 percent of the state as experiencing severe drought conditions.
“It is remarkable how quickly a weather situation can change from problematic to dangerous,” said Shelby. “My office has heard from farmers and cattlemen across Alabama who are facing serious economic struggles as these drought conditions continue. The need for emergency aid is dire across the state of Alabama to assist these farmers and cattlemen during this disastrous crop season.”