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Sign on Letter to Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding California Drought
July 17, 2014
The Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave NW
Washington, DC 20250
Dear Secretary Vilsack:
As the impact of the severe drought in California widens, we are grateful to you to call attention and action to the crisis by traveling to Fresno tomorrow.
We continue working with National Hmong American Farmers, Inc. (NHAF) to support their emergency efforts to reach and assist the Hmong and other diverse producers in the region who face this sudden and growing loss of their crops and their livelihoods.
Our Board member, Chukou Thao of NHAF, has already been working with state and local USDA officials and other agencies on a solution oriented approach to the emergency. We have attached the fact sheet assembled from a recent interagency meeting that NHAF has begun using to help make families aware of the resources and support available to them.
We fear that given the scale of the situation, the resources and action identified will be insufficient to address the most immediate needs. We therefore recommend the following additional actions: