The White House said on Friday that it would spend an additional $110 million to help farmers and communities in western states hit hard by drought and wildfires. The drought has affected a third of the western United States, and President Barack Obama was slated to discuss it with western governors in a video conference on Friday. The Agriculture Department will expand crop insurance, providing about $30 million in relief this year and $42 million next year, the White House said. The Labor Department will provide up to $18 million in grants to California, a state where as many as 18,000 jobs have been lost to drought.
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