This week, multiple letters were sent by members of the California Congressional Delegation to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, raising concerns about the severe heat, wildfires and drought, especially in counties that are not covered by drought disaster designations. In a letter led by Senator Dianne Feinstein and co-signed by Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara), Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento), Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel), and Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena), the members urged the USDA to open relief programs up to more producers that have lost crops and livestock to the ongoing droughts, extreme heat and wildfires. In a separate letter sent by Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) and other members of the Congressional Western Caucus, the group called on Vilsack to take immediate action on the drought crisis that is impacting communities across the West.