FIREBAUGH, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the drought afflicting California will be very challenging this year. He says the challenge will continue for some time.
Obama is speaking at a roundtable with community leaders in California, which is in the midst of its worst drought in more than 100 years.
Obama says he came to listen. He says the entire country is deeply dependent on California producers for products used in people's daily lives. He says because of the huge economic interest, there's a national concern about the drought.
Obama says his administration has been monitoring the situation and federal agencies are helping out.
Obama on Friday is announcing more than $160 million in federal financial aid to California. He also plans to meet with farmers affected by the drought.