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Up to $100 million for drought assistance

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama planned to announce as much as $100 million in federal drought assistance today when he flies to California and tours fields and orchards ravaged by the deepening water crisis, aides said.

The president wants farmers to know he is paying close attention to the drought and has instructed federal agencies to expedite help, Tom Vilsack, the secretary of Agriculture, said Thursday.

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