OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – With much of Oklahoma impacted by an extreme drought, carrying over from the spring and summer, Governor Stitt just signed an emergency bill that could help Oklahoma farmers and ranchers withstand an alarming lack of water.

HB 1006, which went into effect immediately, will provide $20 million specifically towards a drought relief fund that can be used for water, food for livestock and conservation.

The measure comes after the Oklahoma Conservation Commission just approved $3 million dollars in emergency drought relief Monday – with money for ranchers and farmers in all of Oklahoma’s 77 counties.

“This year’s extreme drought conditions have created unprecedented challenges for our agricultural producers and as governor I will always do everything I can to support Oklahoma’s great farmers and ranchers. I am proud to have partnered up with the Legislature to deliver this much-needed relief.”

Governor Kevin Stitt

KFOR did ask the Governor’s office for more details on how Oklahoma farmers will be able to access they money.

Officials directed KFOR to the Department of Agriculture and a representative of that agency said farmers will soon be able to aply for the help with local conservation districts.

Once the application process is detailed, KFOR will report it.