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Mar 19, 2014 3:01 PM by Associated Press

Farmworkers gather at drought hearing in Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Farmworkers concerned about water allotments because of California's ongoing drought are making their voices heard at a Congressional committee meeting in Fresno.

Hundreds of farmworkers gathered outside Fresno City Hall ahead of the meeting on Wednesday morning. They held signs and chanted, "Water, water!" in both English and Spanish.

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing about the state's drought. It heard testimony from Central Valley farmers, community leaders and state officials.

California is in its third consecutive dry year. Gov. Jerry Brown in January declared a drought emergency, and in February President Barack Obama visited to see the crisis firsthand, delivering millions of dollars in relief aid.

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