WALTONVILLE, IL (KFVS) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn spent Monday afternoon in southern Illinois to talk with local farmers about the drought.
Many of the farmers say this is the worst drought they've seen in more than 60 years in southern Illinois.
Now the conditions have become so bad that the federal government and state of Illinois are teaming up to try and help farmers affected by the drought.
The governor and other state leaders gathered in a farmer's field to talk about the widespread drought and what can be done to help farmers recoup some of their losses.
Through a series of both federal and state programs farmers will now be able to tap into hundreds of thousands of dollars in agricultural loans.
The effort is one that Gov. Quinn says will hopefully keep farming going for generations to come.
"When it's all said and done in Illinois it's all about family," said Gov. Quinn. "These are our families. These are our neighbors, our men and women of agriculture. Who till our fields and plow our fields. And they plant our crops and harvest our crops."
Some of the farmers on hand say that they appreciate the available funds the state and federal governments are making available to them fro drought relief.
But in the end, that money will still have to be paid back by them over the coming years.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared a disaster for 33 counties in Illinois.