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Feb 14, 2014 2:17 PM by Associated Press

Farmers: Obama's drought relief efforts lacking

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Farmers in California's drought-stricken Central Valley say the financial assistance announced by President Barack Obama is welcome, but will do nothing to solve California's long-term water problems.

The president is due to arrive in Fresno on Friday afternoon and meet with farmers struggling amid one of the driest years in the state's recorded history. While here, he'll announce $100 million in livestock-disaster aid and $60 million to support food banks.

Sarah Woolf, a partner with Clark Brothers Farming, says the federal government needs to better manage the state's water supplies so farmers have sufficient water during possible future droughts.

Mark Borba, of Borba Farms, says the president could ease this year's drought hardship by relaxing environmental regulations within the boundaries of the law intended to protect endangered fish.

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